Our Spring 2018 concerts include collaborations with:






CALL FOR SCORES- we received over 100 score submissions from

composers from 21 countries!  Thank you to all who submitted!

RECORDING PROJECT #2 is Underway- we recorded our second album

at ESS this fall with 4 new works written specifically for us.  We are now

in the editing phase and cannot wait to share this music with you all.

4 years after our first album, we returned to the

Experimental Sound Studio to begin work on

our second album which includes Michael

Pisaro's festhalten/loslassen written  for us in

2013, and our own Billie Howard's Roll, written for

us in 2016.

Tim Parkinson’s Time With People (2013) is not an opera in the traditional sense. There are no characters, costumes, or even orchestral instruments. Instead, the stage is set with trash and other assorted objects. The soloists and chorus speak, dance, chant, and drum. And the only “classical” music comes from a recording.

Alternately funny, playful, perplexing, and sad, the work challenges audiences to reconsider their preconceived notions of the nature of music. Writing about the world-premiere performance, Lawrence Dunn remarked, “This is a world in which music is a kind of memory—something that must be reconstructed from the ground up, and afterwards returned to the same ground.”

We spent over a year working on, performing and touring with Tim Parkinson's wonderful work 'Time With People.' As Sponsored Artists at High Concept Labs, we were able to rehearse the piece weekly over a 6-month period, and invited Parkinson, the London-based composer, to work with us just before we gave the US premiere of the entire work.  

A whirl-wind experience that I don't think any of us will forget, we were grateful to get to know this piece in such an depth way and over many performances.  

Time With People Blog- we each shared our thoughts on the piece.


•Classical Albums of '14,   Rhapsody.com

•Best New Music Albums '14,   Bigcityblog.com

•Favorite Chicago Classical Albums '14, Chicago Reader


an  experimental opera by Tim Parkinson

2016-2017 Season

photo album