Cosmopolis Festival - Ensemble Dal Niente: Contemporary and Electroacoustic Works
7:30 PM
Main Hall, Shaw Auditorium, HKUST

Ensemble Dal Niente (USA), one of America’s premiere contemporary music groups, will make their Hong Kong debut, performing a diverse program of boundary-pushing acoustic and electroacoustic works. Hailed as “superb” by The New York Times, the Chicago-based ensemble will offer an evening of unique sonic exploration and genre cross-fertilization, with works by Lei Liang, Sarah Nemtsov, and Ilari Kaila, among others.

The event is free and open to the public.



Ensemble Dal Niente performs new and experimental chamber music with dedication, virtuosity, and an exploratory spirit. Flexible and adaptable, Dal Niente’s roster of 27 musicians presents an uncommonly broad range of contemporary music, guiding listeners towards music that transforms existing ideas and subverts convention. 
Over the past two decades, Ensemble Dal Niente has performed concerts across Europe and the Americas, including  appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC; the Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City; Radialsystem Berlin, MusicArte Festival in Panama City; the Library of Congress and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; the Americas Society; and the Darmstadt Summer Courses in Germany. Dal Niente is the recipient of the 2019 Fromm Music Foundation prize, and was the first ever ensemble to win the Kranichstein prize for interpretation in 2012. The group has recordings available on the New World, New Amsterdam, New Focus, Navona, Parlour Tapes+, and Carrier labels. They held residencies at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Stanford University, Brown University, Brandeis University, and Northwestern University, among others, and collaborated with a wide range of composers, including Enno Poppe, George Lewis, Hilda Paredes, and Roscoe Mitchell. 
The ensemble's name (“from nothing” in Italian) is a tribute to Helmut Lachenmann’s Dal niente (Interieur III), a work that upended traditional conceptions of instrumental technique, and also a reference to the group’s humble beginnings.

Main Hall, Shaw Auditorium, HKUST
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School of Humanities & Social Science
Shaw Auditorium Unit