Versipel New Music

Versipel New Music performing Timo Andres' "Safe Travels" (2013) at Cafe Istanbul 11/10/16 Photo credit: Kari Besharse

Versipel New Music presents contemporary classical music, New Orleans style. Reflecting the breadth and beauty of the classical concert music scene of today, we perform music of the late 20th and 21st centuries, music inspired by our modern, peripatetic, global and technologically driven lives. Frequently collaborating with living composers both in the U.S. and overseas, our programs span a diversity of styles from fresh European modernism, to U.S. postmodernism, with a heavy dose of technology, improvisation and performer creativity thrown in. At a Versipel show, you’ll see and hear music that is recent and new, fresh from the composer’s pen (or pencil… or computer), pieces that are often being performed for the very first time.

And that odd muse of mine,
My versipel, is with me everywhere,
In carrel and in car, and in my chair.

—Vladimir Nabokov, “Pale Fire”

versipellous /vɜːˈsɪpələs/
°changeable; protean; having a form, nature or appearance that changes often.

Versipel reflects the constant morphing of each individual’s artistic muse and how style in contemporary music continuously reforms, reshapes and grows anew.

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