Ensemble in Residence Program
Westmoreland opens its doors to the DC-area music community in many ways, but most intimately through its ensemble in residence program. The chosen musician or ensemble rehearses and performs at Westmoreland, and joins the Festival Chorus for two of their concerts during the year. This year, we are pleased to support Great Noise Ensemble, directed by Armando Bayolo.
Great Noise Ensemble
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“Among the most exciting and ambitious new music ensembles in Washington, D.C.” (Kyle Gullings, A Composer’s Notebook), and “perhaps the DC region’s most exciting professional group dedicated to performing new classical music” (Jason McCool, The Pinkline Project), Great Noise Ensemble is a working embodiment of its mission to fight for the performance of new works and promote emerging talent in contemporary music.
Born in 2005 when composer and conductor Armando Bayolo placed an ad on Craigslist.org seeking like-minded musicians passionate about contemporary music, Great Noise Ensemble has presented the world premieres of some 23 new compositions as well as regional premieres and rare performances of some of the major works of the last 45 years by composers like Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, Marc Mellits, Poul Ruders and Louis Andriessen. They have presented concerts in venues ranging from intimate community concert spaces like the Patricia M. Sitar Center and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring to prestigious locales such as the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2017 they partnered with the Westmoreland Festival Chorus for an all new music concert featuring Golijov's Ayre (with Lena Seikaly), Cerrone's The Branch Will Not Break, and the world premiere of Alec Davis' Ruminations on words by Charles Bernstein. The concert raised funds for local homeless services organization Bethesda Cares.