Ensemble Vim: Nicole Frankl, Cho Choo Hu, and Laura Usiskin. (credit: @mrlouisstudios)

2023 SoundNOW springs forth with a week of contemporary music

EarRelevant Staff | 23 MAR 2023

BBeginning this Sunday, the SoundNOW Contemporary Music Festival returns to Atlanta to showcase the city’s vibrant new music scene, presenting 12 local contemporary music ensembles in seven concerts at three venues in one week, March 21 through April 1.

Four of the Festival’s seven concerts will take place downtown in the 400-seat Kopleff Recital Hall at Georgia State University, two at the First Existentialist Church in Candler Park, and one “house concert” at a private home in southwest Atlanta.

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The inaugural SoundNow Festival launched in April 2016 and has been held annually each spring, except for two intervening years when the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shut down (2020 and 2021).

Now in its sixth iteration, SoundNOW hosts nine returning musical ensembles in 2023 and introduces three new groups to its lineup: the Scibelli/Lombardi Duo, the Subaerial Collective (from nearby Athens, Georgia), and Ensemble VIM.

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Atlanta is one of the southeast’s most important centers of contemporary classical music. SoundNOW promises a week of wildly eclectic musical styles and chamber experiences, spotlighting many gifted local artists and composers creating diverse musical expressions and aesthetics.

A list of the 2023 SoundNOW concerts and locations appears below. For more information about the 2023 SoundNOW Contemporary Music Festival, visit their website at atlantasoundnowfestival.com.

2023 SoundNOW Festival

  • Sunday, March 26 @ 8 p.m.
    at First Existentialist Congregation; donations encouraged
    Atlanta Improvisors Orchestra
    Artifactual String Unit
  • Monday, March 27 @ 8 p.m.
    at Kopleff Recital Hall; free
    Chamber Cartel
    Scibelli/Lombardi Duo
  • Tuesday, March 28 @ 8 p.m.
    at Kopleff Recital Hall; free
    neoPhonia New Music Ensemble
    Subaerial Collective
  • Wednesday, March 29 @ 8 p.m.
    at Kopleff Recital Hall; free
    Terminus New Music Ensemble
    Ensemble Vim
  • Thursday, March 30 @ 8 p.m.
    at Kopleff Recital Hall; free
    Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble
  • Friday, March 31 @ 8 p.m.
    A House Concert – Residence of Majid Ariam (2171 Star Mist Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA,
    30311); free
    Majid Ariam
  • Saturday, April 1 @ 8 p.m.
    at First Existentialist Congregation; donations encouraged
    smol ensemble
The Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble

The Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble


About the author:
Mark Gresham is publisher and principal writer of EarRelevant. he began writing as a music journalist over 30 years ago, but has been a composer of music much longer than that. He was the winner of an ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for music journalism in 2003.