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Ensemble Signal

Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
Brad Lubman by Kait Moreno
Steve Reich’s genius is showcased by Ensemble Signal, “one of the most vital groups of its time” (The New York Times). Clapping Music is early Reich, a revolutionary work that requires no instruments beyond the human body. Of recent vintage is Quartet, a piece co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and exotically scored for two vibraphones and two pianos. Runner, which receives its New York premiere on this program, is for a large ensemble of winds, percussion, pianos, and strings. Tempos remain constant in the five-movement piece, with varying note durations and a slowed version of a bell pattern from Ghana.


Ensemble Signal
Brad Lubman, Conductor

with Special Guest Steve Reich



Clapping Music


Runner (NY Premiere)


Double Sextet

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

In the Artist's Own Words

For a countless number of people during the past 45 years or so, Steve Reich has been a very important composer, musical thinker, and source of inspiration. He has certainly touched my life in a profound way, as well as the lives of the musicians of Ensemble Signal. I have found that one can have many sources of inspiration in one’s life—many different people and mentors, many different pieces of music—but it’s another thing when a single person and his music continually provide inspiration, fascination, and joy. Like all great music, you can return to Reich’s greatest pieces time and time again, always making new discoveries and having new perceptions. The musicians of Ensemble Signal and I are very fortunate and thankful to have had—and to continue to have—many wonderful musical experiences with Steve Reich and his music. Most important, we are always thrilled to be able to share these experiences with our audiences.

—Brad Lubman


Ensemble Signal

Ensemble Signal--described by The New York Times as "a new-music ensemble that by this point practically guarantees quality performances"--is a New York-based ensemble ...

Ensemble Signal--described by The New York Times as "a new-music ensemble that by this point practically guarantees quality performances"--is a New York-based ensemble dedicated to offering the broadest possible audience access to a diverse range of contemporary works through performance, commissioning, recording, and education. Since its debut in 2008, the ensemble has performed more than 150 concerts; has given the New York, world, or US premieres of more than 20 works; and co-produced nine recordings.

Signal was founded by Co-Artistic / Executive Director Lauren Radnofsky and Co-Artistic Director / Conductor Brad Lubman. Called a "new-music dream team" (Time Out New York), Signal regularly performs with Lubman and features a super-group of independent artists from the modern music scene.

Signal's passion for the diverse range of music being written today is a driving force behind its projects. The ensemble's repertoire ranges from minimalism or pop-influenced to the iconoclastic European avant-garde. Signal's projects are carefully conceived through close collaboration with cooperating presenting organizations, composers, and artists. Signal is flexible in size and instrumentation--everything from solo to large ensemble and opera, including film or multimedia, in any possible combination--enabling it to meet the ever-changing demands on the 21st century performing ensemble.

Signal is a frequent guest of the finest concert halls and international festivals, including the
Lincoln Center Festival,Los Angeles Philharmonic's series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Big Ears Festival, Lincoln Center's American Songbook, Cal Performances, Tanglewood Music Festival of Contemporary Music, Ojai Music Festival, Wordless Music Series, and Bang on a Can Marathon. The ensemble regularly works directly with nearly all the composers whose works it performs in order to offer the most authentic interpretations.

Signal's recording of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians was released in May 2015 on harmonia mundi; it received a Diapason d'Or and appeared on the Billboard Classical Crossover charts. Additional recordings include an album and DVD of music by Helmut Lachenmann with the composer as soloist, and Reich's Double Sextet and Radio Rewrite.

Signal's educational activities include community outreach programs in diverse settings, as well as workshops with the next generation of composers and performers.

Brad Lubman

Brad Lubman is one of the foremost conductors of modern music and a leading figure in the field for more than two decades. A frequent guest conductor of the world's most distinguished orchestras and new-music ensembles, he has gained widespread recognition for his versatility, commanding technique, and insightful interpretations. His flexibility in a variety of settings has led him to conduct a broad range of repertoire from classical to contemporary works. He is founding co-artistic and music director of Ensemble Signal.

Lubman has led major orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Los Angeles Philharmonic,San Francisco Symphony, Dresdner Philharmonie, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, and National Symphony Orchestra.In addition, he has worked with some of the most important European and American ensembles for contemporary music, including Ensemble Modern, London Sinfonietta, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, ASKO Ensemble, Ensemble Resonanz, and Steve Reich and Musicians. Lubman has conducted at new-music festivals across Europe, including those in Lucerne, Salzburg, Berlin, Huddersfield, Paris, Cologne, Frankfurt, and Oslo.

Lubman has conducted numerous world premieres. Among these are Steve Reich's Three Tales; Daniel Variations; Radio Rewrite; and Variations for Vibes, Pianos, and Strings. Additional world premieres include Helmut Lachenmann's 
Concertiniand Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe's Shelter; as well as works by Philip Glass, Charles Wuorinen, John Zorn, and Hilda Paredes.

Lubman's own music has been performed in the United States and Europe, and can be heard on his album, Insomniac. He is also on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute.

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