The IFCP Ensemble was created simultaneously with the IFCP Festival in 2004 to present collaborative performances that included IFCP faculty and soloists, guests from the New York Philharmonic as well as from Speculum Musicae, and select IFCP participants. Artistic Director Marc Ponthus has been the conductor of the ensemble in works by Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Mario Davidovsky, Georges Aperghis and Yan Maresz. Members of the Ensemble have included Allen Blustine, clarinet, Rolf Schulte and Curtis Macomber, violin, Andre Emelianoff and Maria Kitsopoulos, cellist, Satoshi Okamoto, double bass, Jill Sokol, flute, and Matthew Gold and Jim Baker, percussion.
Formed in 1971, Speculum Musicae has maintained its position as one of the nation's preeminent contemporary chamber ensembles. Speculum Musicae maintains an active recording relationship with Bridge Records, committing at least one new work to disc for each of the last three seasons. Susan Narucki's performance of Elliott Carter's Tempo e Tempi with Speculum Musicae was nominated for a Grammy award in 2003 and the ensemble was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for their recording of Elliott Carter's Oboe Quartet. In the fall of 2003, the ensemble presented three concerts as the featured new music group at the Biennale Festival in Venice.
Known for its riveting performances of new and experimental music, TimeTable invites audiences to experience percussion up close.
The group specializes in music that crosses boundaries of style and discipline, with an emphasis on works that challenge the language and materials of percussion music. TimeTable collaborates closely with emerging and established composers to investigate and expand the possibilities for percussion-based music, and commissions, premieres, and records an ever-growing body of new works.
TimeTable maintains an active performance schedule including concerts in New York City and beyond, and collaborations with other ensembles and composer collectives. Through its school programs and master classes, the group offers insight into contemporary percussion music and the process of composer-performer collaboration.
TimeTable has performed extensively in and around New York City and the Northeast, including performances and workshops at the Mannes College of Music’s Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance, The Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar, Manhattan School of Music, Williams College, MIT, Boston Conservatory, and Bates College. Collaborations with composer collectives and other organizations have included those with Wet Ink, Columbia Composers, Three Two Festival, and Forecast Music.