Music for Contemplation (“MufoCo”) invites listeners to light concentration through a series of concerts, offering a space and time outside busy New York City to let thoughts wander.

MufoCo welcomes a broad interpretation of “contemplation”, including classical, jazz, free improvisation, and experimental music styles. Past programs have included thick, dense dissonant textures of Andrew Lafkas, whispy half-heard sounds of the slight brush of a bow on a string, and interlocking melodies of Renaissance composer Orlando di Lasso.

The 2014-2016 seasons took place in the elegant sanctuary of the Church of the Annunciation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Programs included works by Shelley Burgon, Dan Joseph, the New York Guitar Circle, Deep Listening composers Pauline Oliveros and Stuart Dempster, Wandelweiser composers Antoine Beuger, Kunsu Shim, Eva-Maria Houben, Sam Sfirri and Craig Shepard, and free improvisers Christian Kobi, Sean Meehan, and Mike Bullock.

The first concert at Annunciation was June 30, 2013 as part of Indexical's Transient Series. After the concert, a long time Williamsburg resident, who had heard this music for the first time, asked for a CD to listen at home. It was very clear that there was a real need for this experience. Since that evening, MufoCo has presented eighteen programs, including music of Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Alvin Lucier, Andrew Lafkas, Shelley Burgon, Christian Kobi, the New York Guitar Ensemble, and members of the Wandelweiser group.

The series is produced in cooperation with the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

$15 suggested donation at the door. 

 

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"everything sounded more acute, lively and present — qualities enhanced by the keen listening that the music enabled." - Steve Smith, New York Times.

Article by Alex Ross in the New Yorker here.

Facilitator and curator: Craig Shepard (composer, trombone) makes music related to stillness. He grew up in Connecticut, where he would go for long walks in the middle of snowy nights, stopping to listen to the sheen of millions of snowflakes hitting the ground. He wants to share this connection with sound. Recent projects include On Foot: Brooklyn, and Trumpet City. Past curator-organizers include Assaf Gidron (2016 season), Dan Joseph (2014-2015 seasons), Tyler Wilcox (2014), and Erik Carlson (2014).

Facilitator and curator: Craig Shepard (composer, trombone) makes music related to stillness. He grew up in Connecticut, where he would go for long walks in the middle of snowy nights, stopping to listen to the sheen of millions of snowflakes hitting the ground. He wants to share this connection with sound. Recent projects include On Foot: Brooklynand Trumpet City.

Past curator-organizers include Assaf Gidron (2016 season), Dan Joseph (2014-2015 seasons), Tyler Wilcox (2014), and Erik Carlson (2014).