about

West Fourth New Music (W4) is an international group of composers who present cohesively-themed concerts that spark curiosity and excite audiences. Conceived collaboratively, each event is a dynamic combination of our individual perspectives.

 


productions

Co-directed by Matt Frey, Tim Hansen, Molly Herron, and Ruben Naeff, our first humble concert production was in a classroom at New York University in 2010.  Since then, we've produced 12 concerts at venues across New York City at venues including 92Y TriBeCa, Exapno, and Issue Project Room and collaborated with solo musicians, ensembles, filmmakers and choreographers.  For more information on our events, visit our website and like our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our most recent event, an evening-length collaboration with Contemporaneous titled Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities premiered to a standing-room-only crowd at Brooklyn's ISSUE Project Room in February 2014. The video to the right highlights the music from Moby Dick and gives some insight into the creation of this co-composed work.

 

Our first public concert in March of 2011 was dedicated to the centennial remembrance of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in Manhattan.

In 2014, we paired up with Skyros String Quartet to present a program of new works at the annual Fast Forward Austin new music festival.

In 2012, we presented our first major crowd-funded concert, Cellophilia, at the 92Y TriBeCa.  Dedicated to music for cellos in various combinations, the concert featured cellists Ashley Bathgate and Mariel Roberts. as well as a collaboration with singer/songwriter Brooke Campbell.

Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Curiosity, premiered in 2014, was W4's first fully co-composed program and our best-selling concert to date.

 

 

 

In 2012 we explored the idea of flight in LOFT, a collaboration with dance company BODYART and string quartet PUBLIQuartet.

2013 saw the fruition of co-director Molly Herron's idea of "New Music for Old Instruments" - a concert that featured brand-new works for baroque-era instrumental ensembles.