While New York City may seem to have more new music ensembles than you can shake a stick at, the combination of the deepest pool of talent anywhere and the vast amount of good modern and contemporary music means that there are too few gigs for too many musicians and composers. One ensemble that deserves attention, more than for just their name, is the International Street Cannibals, or ISC.
ISC has a matinée scheduled for Sunday, February 7, at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, and the concert is connected to something else new; the Lucca International Music Festival, which was inaugurated just last year in Lucca, Italy, by flutist Linda DiMartino Wetheril. Wetheril will be playing in the ISC ensemble, which includes cellist Dan Barrett, pianists Jed Distler and Christopher Lyndon-Gee, and tap dancer/body percussionist Max Pollak. The program is dense with premieres from leading composers, including debut performances of music for cello and piano from Dominique Lemaître, and a work for solo alto flute composed by Alastair Greig. There will be American premieres from Thierry Escaich, Fernando Magila, and Lyndon-Gee, and a cameo from Claude Debussy: Sonate pour violoncelle et piano.
The ISC celebrates the 2015 Lucca International Music Festival February 7, 3:30 p.m., at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery streetcannibals.com