Signal is a large ensemble dedicated to performing the music of our time with energy, virtuosity, and passion. Its members include some of most gifted and innovative young musicians working in New York. Signal performs under the musical direction of Brad Lubman, who founded the group along with cellist and co-artistic director Lauren Radnofsky. Lubman, one of the premier conductors of new music, has worked closely with some of greatest composers of contemporary concert music – among them Berio, Boulez, Reich, Wuorinen, and Lachenmann – and has appeared with some of the world’s most illustrious orchestras and new music ensembles.

With Signal, described by The New York Times as “one of the most vital groups of its kind,” Lubman has assembled a superb collection of musicians who have worked closely with him during the past decade. Members of So Percussion, JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and other leading New York ensembles perform regularly with the ensemble. Signal is flexible in size and instrumentation, ranging from nonet to chamber orchestra to meet the demands of its diverse repertoire.

Signal made its debut in Spring 2008 at the Bang on a Can Marathon in NYC and the Ojai Music Festival in California, earning praise for “deeply committed performances” (Musical America) of “gripping vehemence” (LA Times).

In the Fall of 2008, Signal gave two sold-out performances of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and You Are (Variations) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. The New York Times hailed the group for its “vibrant, euphoric performances that seemed to electrify the remarkably youthful audience.” Capacity crowds greeted Signal’s return to LPR for a series of three concerts in Spring 2009, featuring Philip Glass’s Suite from ‘The Hours’ and Symphony No. 3, Michael Gordon’s Trance, and Steve Reich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet.

The 2009-10 season brings a U.S. tour with iconoclastic German composer Helmut Lachenmann (April) and the U.S. premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s chamber opera The Corridor (May). Signal will also perform at the University at Buffalo as a visiting resident ensemble. In October 2010, Signal will perform Evan Ziporyn’s music at Zankel Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s “Making Music” series. Further events include a pair of Composer Portrait concerts at Columbia University's Miller Theatre during the 2010-11 season.
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