Hamilton Berry, Brandon Ridenour, Ben Russell, Yoonah Kim, Kris Saebo

Hamilton Berry, Brandon Ridenour, Ben Russell, Yoonah Kim, Kris Saebo

Founders Sacred Space

Sacred Space (NY premiere) A seven-song cycle featuring the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
Quintet for Radio Time (World premiere) Re-imagining Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time
Friday, December 1 at nancy manocherian’s – the cell, 7:00PM, NYC
Press tickets and interviews at tribecanewmusic@gmail.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Tribeca New Music continues its 2017 Festival season with Founders premiering two major new works: the NY premiere of Sacred Space - new settings of the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe composed by Brandon Ridenour, and the world premiere of Quintet for Radio Time - a re-imagining of the Olivier Messiaen 20th century classic Quartet for the End of Time, arranged by Brandon Ridenour and Ben Russell.

The concert takes place at Nancy Manocherian’s – The Cell, 338 West 23rd Street (bet. 8th & 9th Ave.) in NYC, on Friday, December 1 at 7PM.   Tickets range in price from $15 to $30.  For details and to buy tickets, please go to Tribeca New Music - Founders

“Unlike anything else out there right now” New York Music Daily

Founders is a songwriting collective comprised of five members, Ben Russell, Brandon Ridenour, Hamilton Berry, Yoonah Kim, and Kris Saebo, that flourishes in combining classical and folk music with original compositions and pop arrangements. With songs ranging from Appalachian-themed originals to Radiohead covers to art songs using famous poetry, Founders is expanding the boundaries of musical styles. As the New York Music Daily states, "Their excellent debut album, You & Who, is unlike anything else out there right now."

Sacred Space  (NY Premiere) - Founders performs the NY premier of Sacred Space, a 7-song cycle of original works featuring the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Combining musical styles of plainchant, West Coast jazz, and neoclassicism, this cycle is a somber yet unorthodox exploration of spiritual life. The title, Sacred Space, alludes to the interweaving of religion, reverence, and death -- some of the most central themes in Poe's writings.  

Quintet for Radio Time  (World Premiere) - Founders will premiere their own re-imagining of Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, bringing together this pivotal 20th century work with the contemporary influence of Radiohead from arrangers Brandon Ridenour and Ben Russell.   
"I've always been fascinated and drawn to Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.  I wish more people, not just classical musicians/listeners, knew about this deeply powerful composition.  While this may still be a work in progress, pairing movements from this monumental piece with one of my favorite bands (Radiohead) is hopefully a way to introduce the brilliance of Messiaen to a non-classical audience.  Also....playing Radiohead is fun too."  
—Brandon Ridenour.

Merging the talents of five conservatory-trained musicians from New York City, Founders brings a fresh perspective on songwriting. Each musician has worked with acclaimed songwriters such as James Taylor, Sufjan Stevens, Sting, and Björk, as well as with elite classical ensembles such as Canadian Brass, A Far Cry, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. They have been featured on the stages of Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Lincoln Center as well as on television broadcasts such as The Late Show, and SNL. With acoustic instruments and their unique musical vision, Founders is forging a new path for audiences around the world.