NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With a unique instrumentation of flute, clarinet, electric guitar, double bass, and piano, the ensemble brings a fresh sound and a new perspective to the classical tradition, infused with the musical influences that reflect the diverse backgrounds of its members. Increasingly focusing on work that fearlessly crosses boundaries of musical genre and artistic media, NOW Ensemble’s recent collaborations span work with home-made electronics guru Dan Deacon to multimedia opera with producer Beth Morrison and Missy Mazzoli.
As a founding composer member of NOW Ensemble, Judd Greenstein’s work for the group is central to his output. NOW’s collaboration with film maker Joshua Frankel Plan of the City was centered around Judd’s work Change and was praised in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and New Yorker critic Alex Ross’s blog, where it was hailed as “gorgeous”. Change was also included in NOW’s sophomore album Awake, which charted at #1 in Amazon’s Classical Chamber Music Charts, and his works Folk Music and Sing Along were included in the group’s debut album NOW. Both discs were released by New Amsterdam Records, of which Judd is a co-director.