Composers Concordance presents Album Release of ‘CompCord @ 40’ Anniversary CD Party – Part of the 12th Annual CompCord Festival: ‘CompCord @ 40’


For Immediate Release – New York, NY – On April 19th at Shapeshifter Lab, the ‘CompCord @ 40’ festival begins appropriately with an anniversary CD release party. The new compilation album ‘CompCord @ 40,’ featuring the music of more than twenty contemporary composers, as well as cover art by Graham Elliott (Living Colour), will be issued on the CCR label, distributed by Naxos.

Performers at the event include the cutting-edge brass ensemble B3+: Franz Hackl – trumpet, John Clark – horn, and David Taylor – bass trombone, together with Gene Pritsker – Di.J. The group will premiere Pritsker’s composition ‘Every Man Over Forty Is a Scoundrel,’ which takes its title from George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Man and Superman (1903) – Maxims: Stray Sayings.’ In addition, B3+ will perform Taylor’s composition ‘Fanfares for Our Mothers,’ and Clark’s ‘Variations on America the Beautiful.’

Also set to perform is the Dan Cooper Quartet. Dan’s compositions have been described as “full of instrumental virtuosity and sly humor” (-Fanfare) and “invigoratingly eclectic to the max” (-Strings Magazine). Performing on 6-string bass guitar, Cooper shares the stage with Evan Francis – flute & saxophone, Yayoi Ikawa – piano & keyboards, and Gerry Brown – drum set.

All four festival concerts will also be live-streamed on Composers Concordance’s Facebook Page. Celebrating the Big Apple’s most eclectic new music series with a myriad of brazen new compositions, The ‘CompCord @ 40’ festival is not to be missed!


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Composers Concordance presents

Album Release of ‘CompCord @ 40’ Anniversary CD Party

Part of the

12th Annual CompCord Festival: ‘CompCord @ 40’

Friday, April 19th at 8pm

Shapeshifter Lab

837 Union Street Brooklyn, NY







Franz Hackl – trumpet, John Clark – horn,

David Taylor – bass trombone,

featuring Gene Pritsker – Di.J.

Dan Cooper Quartet

Evan Francis – flute & saxophone

Yayoi Ikawa – piano & keyboards

Dan Cooper – bass guitar & composer

Gerry Brown – drum set


Staying in rotation for 40 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, such longevity requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance, founded in 1984, celebrates its 40th season with a four-concert festival all about reaching this amazing milestone. The series, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Gene Pritsker and Shanan Estreicher. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

“Composers Concordance..a veritable New York new music institution of concerts, album production and multiple ensembles under a sweeping, tenacious brand, thriving on the emulsion of contemporary classical, free improv, jazz and rock, overt humor and fearless political statements, all very much in evidence..The ensemble..was masterful throughout.”-John Pietaro, The New York City Jazz Record

“An unwavering force in giving composers exposure through concert bookings and its own record label, the intrepid new-music organization Composers Concordance” – The Brooklyn Rail

“The Composers Concordance folks are unpredictable and at times refreshingly irreverent in a reverent sort of way….ingenious fun” – Classical-Modern Music Review

“Enterprising new music organization” – The New York Times

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