The New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF) is the largest showcase of electroacoustic music in New York City, and one of the largest festivals of its kind in the world. The festival began in 2009 with the intention of bringing the most innovative and creative new electroacoustic music from around the world to New York City. Works are presented in high-quality multi-channel surround sound environments that include up to eight different simultaneous sound channels, and sometimes many more. The festival includes music performed by acoustic musical instruments, laptops, and custom electronic devices, as well as works involving digital video, and sound installations.
The works presented each year are chosen by a panel of internationally respected composers and musicians. The 2017 festival will feature 28 concerts by composers from five continents, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Austria, Great Britain, Finland, France, the Republic of Georgia, Germany, Greece, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Many of the composers will travel to New York to attend the festival.
The festival also features performances from a wide variety of internationally-known specialists in contemporary experimental music. Featured performers have included cellist Madeleine Shapiro, clarinettist Esther Lamneck, pianist Keith Kirchoff, the C4 Choral Ensemble, and Patti Cudd, percussionist.