THE NEW YORK TIMES – Building Sonic Textures On Buzzes and Pulses

Collaboration, the odder the better, is the engine that drives the Ecstatic Music Festival at Merkin Concert Hall. You can think of Judd Greenstein, the composer who assembles its programs, as a mischievous matchmaker who dreams up blind dates that seem as likely to create sparks as to create harmony.

Mr. Greenstein must have been feeling especially daring when he drew up the program for Tuesday evening. The first half offered separate performances by the Now Ensemble, a hybrid chamber group and jazz-rock band, and the Calder Quartet, which is known for a repertory that includes both standard string quartets and adventurous new works.

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