Ensemble Signal is a New York-based ensemble dedicated to offering the broadest possible
audience access to a diverse range of contemporary works through performance,
commissioning, recording, and education. Since its debut in 2008, the ensemble has
performed more than 150 concerts; has given the New York, world, or US premieres of over 20
works; and co-produced nine recordings.
Signal was founded by Co-Artistic / Executive Director Lauren Radnofsky and
Co-Artistic Director / Conductor Brad Lubman, featuring a super-group of independent
artists from the modern music scene. The ensemble's passion for the diverse range of music
being written today is a driving force behind its projects. Signal's repertoire ranges from
minimalism or pop-influenced to the iconoclastic European avant-garde. Signal is flexible
in size and instrumentation--everything from solo to large ensemble and opera, including
film or multimedia, in any possible combination--which enables it to meet the ever-changing
demands on the 21st century performing ensemble.
Signal has appeared at concert halls and international festivals, including the Lincoln
Center Festival, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Big Ears Festival, Carnegie Hall, Cal
Performances, Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music, Ojai Music Festival, and Bang on
a Can Marathon. The ensemble regularly works directly with nearly all the composers whose
works it performs in order to offer the most authentic interpretations, including Steve
Reich, Helmut Lachenmann, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Hans Abrahamsen, and
Last fall, Ensemble Signal gave the world premiere of Reich's Runner. Their
recording of his Music for 18 Musicians (harmonia mundi) received a
Diapason d'Or and appeared on the Billboard Classical Crossover chart.
The ensemble's educational activities include community outreach programs in diverse
settings, as well as workshops with the next generation of composers and performers at
institutions that include the University at Buffalo's Center for 21st Century Music, where
Signal is a resident ensemble.