Discipline: Music & Theater

Based In: Queens

Website: thingNY


thingNY is a quirky collective of New York composer-performers who fuse electronic and acoustic chamber music with new opera, improvisation, theater, text, song, and installation. Founded in 2006 for an ad hoc festival in the historic Loew’s Jersey City Theater, thingNY performs experimental sound works created collaboratively by the core ensemble – Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers, Jeffrey Young, Gelsey Bell, Dave Ruder, and Andrew Livingston – and by adventurous composers like Robert Ashley, Frederic Rzewski, John King, Pauline Oliveros, Miguel Frasconi, Vinko Globokar, John Cage, Julius Eastman, James Tenney, David Snow, and Andrea La Rose.


The musicians of thingNY are a prolific bunch. They’ve collaboratively created two concert-length operas, ADDDDDDDDD and Time: A Complete Explanation in Three Parts, and will premiere a third in September 2015, This Takes Place Close By. In 2011, they created In House, a sound installation with music for each of the rooms in a home. From 2009-2012, they premiered hundreds of works over three marathon performances called SPAM, in which they sent out a mass call for scores and performed every submitted piece. thingNY has also premiered many works by individual group members, including Paul’s minis series and Erin’s Trajectories, which they are currently recording.