The New York Composer’s Orchestra

Tuesday, December 8, 1987. 9:00 pm

New works for the sixteen-ish piece jazz orchestra by composers Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, and Marty Ehrlich.

The New York Composers Orchestra was formed in 1986 by composers Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb. The NYCO provides a regular performing ensemble for composers wishing to write for a jazz instrumentation without being confined to traditional notions of jazz and big band styles. This requires musicians who are excellent readers, ensemble players, and improvisers in a variety of idioms. Since its inception, the NYCO has performed commissioned works by Lenny PickettMarty EhrlichAnthony BraxtonBobby PreviteElliott SharpRobin HolcombDoug WieselmanPhilip JohnstonButch MorrisBob Nell and Wayne Horvitz. Initial performances in New York included concerts at RouletteThe Greenwich House Music SchoolBAMThe Kitchen and the Knitting Factory. In 1988 the NYCO was featured at the Moers Music Festival in Germany.