Darmstadt: Classics of the Avant Garde grew from a monthly party where co-founder Zach Layton and I DJ'd our avant-garde records to an "invaluable" (New Yorker) presenter of large-scale festivals of music and performance.  Our Essential Repertoire series has staged reimagined interpretations of Stockhausen's Originale, John Cage and Lejaren Hiller's HPSCHD, given the New York premiere of Stockhausen's final electronic work, Cosmic Pulses, in addition to cherished music by Luciano Berio, Pauline Oliveros, and the artists of The Kitchen's 1979 New Music New York festival, among many others.  Other offerings include a month-long Institute, which aims to create conversation around the experimental canon by both experienced and emerging practitioners alike.  Highlights over the past few years have included a sunset performance of Stockhausen's Musik Im Bauch in Central Park, masterclasses by Joan La Barbara, Tristan Perich, and Anthony Braxton, a performance of Louis Andriessen's Hoketus by Yarn/Wire on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange, a rare outing of David Borden's pioneering electronics ensemble Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company, a seminar on Biomusic with Brandon Joseph and David Dunn, and a collaboration between guitarist David Grubbs and artist Anthony McCall, including the latter's iconic work, Line Describing a Cone.  Our annual concert of Terry Riley's In C has been hailed more than once by the New York Times as the "best" interpretation heard in recent memory.

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