ACO coLABoratory

Composers Playground

There’s an old adage that creativity can’t be rushed. The American Composers Orchestra is testing that theory this season with “coLABoratory: Playing it Unsafe,” a series of five workshops from November to April that give five adventurous young composers free reign to experiment with new ideas. It’s a rare opportunity for composers not only to have works read by a professional orchestra, but also to develop those ideas with the same musicians over the course of an entire season. On December 11 at The New School’s Mannes College of Music, Raymond J. Lustig, Dan Visconti, and Du Yun each took turns testing—and re-testing—various ideas for their technology-laden works. A late-afternoon feedback session followed, with mentor composers Robert Beaser, Kate Soper, and Morton Subotnick, together with a handful of ACO musicians and conductor George Manahan. Participating composers—who also included Judith Sainte Croix and Troy Herion—each were scheduled to have at least one more session left to hone their works before the final concert on April 5 at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.

Click below for an inside look at the December workshop.

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