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Judd Greenstein was born and raised in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, where he began his compositional life by writing hip hop beats as a teenager. His concert works reflect those origins, as well as his traditional piano background, combining an urban, beat-oriented sensibility with a late Romantic classical harmonic language. A passionate advocate for the indie classical community in New York, much of Judd's work is written for the virtuosic ensembles and solo performers who make up that community, and is tailored to their specific talents and abilities. Judd has attracted attention through his close collaboration with many of the best young solo musicians in New York and beyond, including violist Nadia Sirota, soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird, percussionist Samuel Solomon, violinist Colin Jacobsen, pianist Michael Mizrahi, flutist Alex Sopp, clarinetist Sara Budde, saxophonists Argeo Ascani and Brian Sacawa, and cellist/vocalist Jody Redhage. He has also received performances by and commissions from a wide array of ensembles around the country, including Present Music, the Seattle Chamber Players, the University of Texas at Austin New Music Ensemble, and the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, as well as many prominent ensembles in New York, including Newspeak, the Da Capo Chamber Players, Tactus, the New Millennium Ensemblethe Knights, and the New York Youth Symphony. Judd's work has been heard at festivals such as the Bang on a Can Marathon (both in New York and at Mass MoCA), MATA, the Icebreaker IV Festival, the Carlsbad Music Festival, the Look & Listen Festival, and the Audio Inversions series in Austin, TX. International performances of Judd's music recently took place at the Musiekgebouw in Amsterdam, Holland, by Guitar Quartet Catch; in Rome, by the Williams College Concert Choir; at the Tel Aviv Art Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel, by the Israel Contemporary String Quartet; and in the Kyiv Music Festival in the Ukraine, by the Seattle Chamber Players. He is also the composer-in-residence for Sympho, a collaborative orchestral project conceived and directed by renowned conductor Paul Haas, who recently brought the REWIND concert to San Francisco, California, and Des Moines, Iowa. Upcoming performances include a premiere at Carnegie Hall in May, 2009, and the presentation of his piano work, Boulez is Alive, at the 2009 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music in Lenox, MA.

In addition to his work as a composer, Judd is active as a promoter of new music in New York and around the country. He is the director of NOW Ensemble, the composer/performer collective that has quickly established itself as one of the most prominent and promising sounds in 21st century chamber music. He is the co-director of New Amsterdam Records, the record label and interactive web community that New York Magazine critic Justin Davidson called the "virtual coffeehouse" that is "at the center" of the indie classical scene in New York. In January, NOW Ensemble (along with guitar/violin duo itsnotyouitsme) sold out Joe's Pub for the release of their new record, NOW, which received five stars in Time Out New York and Time Out Chicago, and which was released on New Amsterdam. Judd is also the co-director of Free Speech Zone Productions, a presenting organization focused on music related to issues of social justice and political concerns, and performs in a number of collaborative projects around New York City. Increasingly active as a performer, Judd has played antique synthesizers in a variety of collaborative projects around New York, including City of Gold, his band that debuted at the 2006 Bushwick Arts Project B.A.P. Lab at the Third Ward, Dancigers, a dance-rock duo, and Young Lions, a rock band. As a solo artist, he recently performed as part of the Green Beat Box at Monkeytown, as well as at Bumbershoot, in Seattle, WA, and the Wassaic Project, in Wassaic, NY.
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NOWEnsemble - 6 Jun 2009
NOWEnsemble - 6 Jun 2009
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