ENSEMBLE MISE-EN is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young HA. Comprised of talented young musicians, our personnel strive to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences. We wish to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing. As a collective, the multi-national personnel has coalesced around a real aesthetic agenda, crystallized in the name mise-en: “mee”, in Korean, means “beauty”, and “zahn”, “to decorate”, and the group unabashedly promotes “beautiful” artwork to increasingly diverse audiences of contemporary sounds.
The ensemble promotes large-scale, dynamic performances of contemporary music featuring the works of established and budding composers. Since its inception in 2011, ensemble mise-en has collaborated with many esteemed partners such as: Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Open Meadows Foundation, New York University, New York Foundation for the Arts, I-Park, Goethe-Institute Boston, Villa Gillet (FR) and others. To date, the ensemble has presented a total of 208 pieces, including 86 works written for the group, and 54 US/NY premieres. The ensemble has performed at exciting venues such as (le) poisson rouge, Bohemian National Hall, Italian Academy, the DiMenna Center, Tenri Cultural Institute and the cell.
ensemble mise-en has premiered dozens of works by lesser known or underperformed composers alongside reigning powers of the contemporary scene. This has included portrait concerts of composers Bent Sørensen, Wolfgang Mitterer, Hans Abrahamsen, Sofia Gubaidulina, Lukas Ligeti, upcoming programs dedicated to the works of Toshio Hosokawa, and more. The ensemble has also focused on reexamining problematic and influential works of the twentieth century, including two concert collaborations with the Italian Academy at Columbia University, last winter’s “Franco Donatoni Portrait”, and in the fall of 2014, a Luciano Berio program which focused on works the composer wrote during his time in New York.
The ensemble’s music festival, said by the NY Times to be, “examining unusual corners of the composition world”, presented more than 60 works selected from an international call for scores that has elicited more than 2300 submissions since 2014. The 2016 festival will also present 30 new works, with each composer present over four days of performances, workshops, and rehearsals by the ensemble. On the final day of the festival, a new music marathon consisting of four concerts (total of 6 hours) in quick succession will be performed for audiences from all walks of life.