THE EAR

new classical music you'll want

to hear again and again

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

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Classical is coming back with a vengeance. All it will take is for a wave of composers – after an 80-year vacation – to resume writing music that society wants to hear again and again. Enough waiting. We’re trying to provoke it.

At every concert, we play ten short pieces. When each piece finishes, you – our listener – have one simple question to answer:

DO I WANT TO HEAR IT AGAIN?

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WHAT WE DO
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1) All compositions are SHORT. (Fur Elise-length.)

2) The audience must want to hear a piece AGAIN for it to advance.

3) We have FUN. 

 

OUR STORY IN PICS
(le) Poisson Rouge – 2.29.16 leap day concert
Vladimir Rumyantsev – 2.29.16 leap day concert
What’s this strange emotion? Fun? – 2.29.16 leap day concert
Last Minute Consult – 10.8.15 leap day concert
A highly-respected voter – 2.29.16 leap day concert
Voting – 2.29.16 leap day concert
Principal Bass – 2.29.16 leap day concert
The Manhattan Bassblaster – 2.29.16 leap day concert
the audience speaks – 2.29.16 leap day concert
Lachlan Glen – 10.8.15 launch event
Steinway Model D – 10.8.15 launch event
composers – 10.8.15 launch event
blue room – 10.8.15 launch event
Elbert Gong – 10.8.15 leap day concert
small events – 10.8.15 launch event

 

 

COMPOSERS
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PHILANTHROPISTS
We believe that a composition reboot is the ONLY scenario with the power to reboot classical. 

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PERFORMERS
We are booking soloists and ensembles with a new, mainstream classical piece in their repertoire. 

ABOUT US
Alf Bishai
Alf Bishai
founder/artistic director
Alf is a composer and music director in New York City. He has taught classical theory and ear-training at NYU since 2001. One evening at the symphony, after witnessing (yet again) an audience of intelligent New Yorkers feebly applaud a new composition that had plunged them into observable misery only moments before, the idea struck him that something very deep was wrong. Since then, he has been obsessed with understanding the absurdities, prejudices and self-defeating practices of classical music culture, and with figuring out how we may be rid of them. The Ear is the fruit of a decade of thinking, arguing, writing, wrangling, experimenting, and searching for kindred spirits. On the composition side, he has spent that decade writing (mostly) film scores and church music, which has taught him how to write simply, and, especially, how to connect with people. Alf lives in Manhattan with his wife, Tanya, and two children.

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