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We, the [Whole] People

Music Concerts

RAM celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, extending women's suffrage across the U.S...

The New York-based composer & performer collective, Random Access Music (RAM), has dedicated its 2020 season, entitled "We, the Whole People" to honoring the centenary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which extended women's suffrage throughout the United States. Inspired by the pioneering women who achieved these freedoms, the season will feature music by female composers of the past 100 years. New composer commissions on the theme of suffrage will be performed from current RAM composers, as well as composers and musicians from the broader community. RAM’s season title is drawn from Susan B. Anthony's speech following her arrest for voting in the 1878 presidential election: "It was... we, the whole people, who formed the union.” 

The RAM Players (Thomas Piercy, clarinet; Laura Goldberg, violin; Kate Dillingham, cello; Marija Ilic, piano; Pablo Lavandera, piano) will perform the same exciting and stylistically varied program on the Feb. 11 and Feb. 14 concerts. The program will feature world premieres by RAM composer Seth Boustead and guest composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh, as well as the New York premiere of Elisenda Fabregas’ “Masks.”

RAM Composers
Seth Boustead “Quartet” (2020) for clarinet, violin, cello, piano (World Premiere). 
Gilbert Galindo “They rescued them in their peril” (2017) for clarinet and piano.

Guest Composers 
Elisenda Fabregas “Masks” (2019) for clarinet, cello, piano (New York Premiere).  
Gabriela Lena Frank Adoración para Angelitos from “Sueños de Chambi” (2002) for piano.
Jennifer Higdon “Dash” (2001) for clarinet, violin, piano.  
Niloufar Nourbakhsh “Quest” (2013/2019) for piano (World Premiere).
Irma Urteaga “Luminoso” from “Escalénicas “ (1992) for piano.  
Aleksandra Vrebalov “Indigo Codes” (2019) for piano.
Dalit Warshaw “Quartet on the Roof” (1990) for clarinet, violin, cello, piano.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 7:00 PM
at The Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 (Map)

Friday, February 14, 2020, 7:00 PM
at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St., New York, NY 10011

$20 General Admission


Random Access Music (RAM) is an active collective of composers and performers presenting a wide array of contemporary music. Since its inception in 2005, RAM has premiered more than 100 works by diverse musical voices, in intimate and formal settings. These concerts include music by its member composers, the annual call for scores winner, and invited guest composers and ensembles. Collaborating ensembles and the RAM Players are featured on programs each year. RAM further expands the presence of living composers’ music to new audiences through the annual Queens New Music Festival, a 4-day festival of concerts by artists and ensembles from the across the U.S. and abroad. “Move over Brooklyn, Queens is staking its claim for new-music street cred.” (The New York Times)


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