thingNY’s Greatest Hits

Date: February 5, 2010
Time: 7:30 pm

Join us for a concert of old favorites, and works submitted from composers around the world.

Friday, Feb. 5th @ 7:30pm
French American School of Music –
244 W 54th St, Manhattan

More details to come.

January 10, 2010

This Thursday! University of the Streets Preservation Campaign

Date: January 14, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm

thingNY will be playing a set along with some other great bands in an effort to save and preserve this 43-year-old Lower East Side cultural institution. Tickets are available now and include all-night admission + food and drink. We’ll play some of our favorite works, plus some of our favorite SPAM and a selection from our opera that was and will be again: ADDDDDDDDD. Check out the Preservation page for a listing of the other artists.

6pm – 11pm

The University of the Streets – 130 E 7th Street (at Ave. A), New York, NY
Tax-deductible tickets start at $25 each, orĀ  2 for $40. Get them here:

January 10, 2010


Date: December 19, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm

Sat, Dec 19th

Sat, Dec 19th

You’re invited to a very special event!
SAT. Dec. 19 @ 7pm
thingNY presents SPAM

University of the Streets – 130 E 7th Street at Avenue A (see below for subway directions)
Limited seating: get discount advance tickets at
Ensemble thingNY boasts the largest commission ever in the history of email submitted SPAM. Hundreds of new works written specifically for thingNY by the likes of Kyle Gann, Kathy Supove, Pauline Oliveros, Joseph Nechvatal, Tania Leon, various peers, friends, fans, our moms, the Bloomberg Administration, our stalkers, unsubscribers and mailer-daemons.

Time Out New York called us an “inventive new music cabal”

“If I was forty years younger I would run away and join you.”
– Doug Yule (of the Velvet Underground)

Truly a thing of great beauty, and wonder. Thank god there are groups like thingNY (or maybe you’re the only one)” – Art Jarvinen (composer/author)

subway directions to University of the Streets:
L train to 1st Ave, walk South to 7th St, East to Avenue A
6 train to Astor Place, walk East to Avenue A, South to 7th St
R/W trains to 8th St, walk East to Avenue A, South to 7th St
F/V trains to 2nd Ave, walk North to 7th St, East to Avenue A

November 16, 2009

Pairings: Mirza & Stockhausen

Date: November 24, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm

PAIRINGS is a four-concert series of contemporary classical music produced by the Tank and curator Adam Mirza taking place each Tuesday night in November. More information about the series is available at

Ekstasis (Being Nothing Becoming)

Adam Mirza

  • Body-Process : (Ritual) for tenor saxophone [Michael Ibrahim]
  • LINE NOISE for electric guitar [Adam Mirza]
  • Impulse to Breathe for accordion [William Schimmel]

Mikrophonie I

for large tam-tam, microphones, filters and controllers.

Karlheinz Stockhausen

  • implementers [Russell Greenberg, Kevin Sims]
  • microphonists [Levy Lorenzo, Ches Smith]
  • filterers [Alexander Ness, Erin Rogers]
  • engineer [Gregory Cornelius]

The Tank @ 45th Street
354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

November 15, 2009

Send us your SPAM

Date: November 19, 2009
Time: 12:00 am


Dear Friend,

We are thingNY, a collective of composer-instrumentalists based in New York City. On Saturday, December 19, 2009, we will be presenting a concert called SPAM, based on responses we get to this very email. Congratulations! If you’re reading this email, you’ve been selected to write us some music – even if you’ve never written music before. It could be a few words, a notated score, a set of instructions, a drawing, a video of your dog, your favorite photo of Leonard Nimoy, or anything else you can imagine. It could even be something that takes a second or two to perform.

Please send your new work to or post on our blog and be sure to include your name and where you’re from. Any reply that we receive by Saturday, November 19th has the potential to be included in whole or in part. You are, of course, welcomed and encouraged to attend the performance, which will be held at the University of the Streets in New York City. Please forward this email to your friends, family, and acquaintances – let’s make this a great show! We look forward to receiving your composition, and we promise we will do our best to satisfy your artistic desires.

Best wishes,

Paul, Jeff (violin), Isabel (cello), Gelsey (vocals), Erin (saxophone), Alejandro (clarinet)

October 6, 2009