Armenian Public Radio
Synchromy: Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
Music Style: New Music & Contemporary Classical
March 03, 2018 @ 8pm (pre-show symposium at 6pm)

Boston Court's Winter Music Series is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

Media Sponsor

Performing Arts Live

6pm Pre-Show Symposium
Join us for a pre-show Russian music symposium at 6:00pm with a guest lecturer (to be named). The symposium with finish at 7pm to give you time to grab a quick bite and then return for the performance at 8pm!

Synchromy and Boston Court present “In Transit”, a concert featuring the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME), Russia’s foremost contemporary music ensemble. The program will feature 20th and 21st century works by Russian, European, and American composers such as MCME founder Yuri Kasparov, Alfred Schnittke, Galina Ustvolskaya, Morton Feldman, and Nick Norton, as well as the West Coast premiere of Jason Barabba’s "Torschluβpanik" and the Los Angeles premiere of Vera Ivanova’s "Children’s Games." Composer Vera Ivanova and members of the MCME will lead a pre-concert symposium from 6-7 p.m. The program and the MCME residency – which is supported in part by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation—serve as a celebration of the unique cultural and musical ties between Russia and the United States.


  • Ivan Bushuev (flute)
  • Oleg Tantsov (clarinet)
  • Mikhail Dubov (piano)
  • Vladislav Pesin (violin)
  • Ilia Rubinshtein (cello)

ProgramPresented by Synchromy

  • All the Wrong Notes by Nick Norton
  • Children’s Games (Los Angeles Premiere) by Vera Ivanova
  • Torschlußpanik (West Coast Premiere) by Jason Barabba
  • Trio by Galina Ustvolskaya
  • Improvisation by Alfred Schnittke
  • Durations I by Morton Feldman
  • Landscape Fading into Infinity by Yuri Kasparov

The MCME residency is supported in part by the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation. Synchromy is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Amphion Foundation.


Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME)

Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble was founded in 1990 by Yuri Kasparov, under the patronage of the famous Russian composer Edison Denisov. The ensemble focuses on promoting 20th and 21st century music. It is Russia’s foremost contemporary chamber ensemble and consists of some of the best Russian musicians specializing in modern music.

MCME has strong educational goals and works closely with both Russian and international cultural foundations to bring contemporary music to a wide range of audiences. As part of this goal, MCME has organized the annual fortnight International Young Composers Academy (Tchaikovsky City, Ural) to bring together both young composers and internationally recognized composers in workshops.

The ensemble’s repertoire is quite extensive and has included the premiere of almost 1000 diff erent works. Particularly, they champion the music of Russian composers of the 1920’s such as Nikolai Roslavets and Alexander Mosolov. Additionally, they regularly perform music by “Shestidesyatniki” (1960’s Russian) composers (Edison Denisov, Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, etc). MCME regularly performs in many diverse locales across Russia (80 cities) and elsewhere in the world (28 countries). MCME performed on the best concert stages, took part in the biggest international festivals such as “Moscow Biennale for Contemporary Art”, “DiaghilevFest” (Russia, Perm), “Radio-France presences” (Paris), “FrankfurtFest”, “Maerzmusik- Berlinerfesrspiele” (Germany), “Gaudeamus music week”, “The Night of the Unexpected” (the Netherlands), “Warsaw Autumn” (Poland), “Klangspuren” (Austria), “Tranasrt” (Italy) and others. MCME has collaborated with the leading composers of the world, Iannis Xenakis, György Kurtág, Frederic Rzewski, Louis Andriessen, Beat Furrer, Klaus Lang, Philippe Leroix, Mark Andre, Enno Poppe are among them. MCME has recorded more than 50 CDs for leading CD labels, including Olympia (UK), Harmonia Mundi (France), Triton (Japan), Donemus (The Netherlands), Fancymusic (Russia), etc.

Each season MCME gives around 70 concerts in Russia and abroad. The special place in repertoire is allocated for music of young Russian and foreign composers. The ensemble also takes active part in the international multimedia and theatrical projects. In 2009 MCME became the winner of the Award ACTION in support of theatrical initiatives. In 2013 MCME got the Award GOLDEN MASK.


Synchromy is a composer-directed collective producing engaging new music events shaped and influenced by their home city of Los Angeles. They connect audiences with performers, presenters, and artists of any kind for unique, thoughtful live performance. Finding interesting and talented people who have a piece, or an idea, or a project they’ve always wanted to do and see how they can work together to present it in its optimal artistic context. Their Composer-Directors have compositional styles that are strikingly diverse and so they are welcoming of a variety of works and aesthetic approaches.

Synchromy thrives on collaboration with outstanding performing artists to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of the many interlocking communities in which we all live. Synchromy strives to raise awareness and encourage civic discourse in their community through the shared experience of new music performance.

[Site Map]
[Privacy Policy]
[Contact Us]
[Join Mailing List]