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New Morse Code is dedicated to enriching contemporary culture by advocating for new expressions in music and art. We strive to present bold, engaging performances of new works while catalyzing collaboration with instrumentalists, actors, dancers, and visual artists.

"Collins and Compitello are much more than accomplished instrumentalists. They are, it seems, not just playing for the future of music, but vibrantly living in and shaping it."
                                                    - New Haven Independent

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Photo: Michiko Tierney

Photo: Michiko Tierney

New Morse Code is devoted to bold and engaging performances of music worth sharing.  Omnivorous, rigorous and inventive, Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers.

To Hannah and Michael, collaboration involves drawing upon mutual influences while generating and refining material together over an extended period of time.  Through close work with colleagues such as pianist-composer Paul Kerekes, steel pan virtuoso and composer Andy Akiho, Hawaiian composer and visual artist Tonia Ko, and Pulitzer Prize-winning violinist/vocalist/composer Caroline Shaw, New Morse Code generates a singular and personal repertoire which reflects both their friends’ creative voices and their own perspectives.  Current projects include collaborations with composers Samuel Carl Adams, Matthew Barnson, Patrick van Deurzen, Stephen Gorbos, and Robert Honstein.

Together, Hannah and Michael were finalists in the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition and recipients of a Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America with composer Christopher Stark.  In addition to developing new repertoire for concert programs, New Morse Code also creates music for larger interdisciplinary projects. In 2012, New Morse Code worked with a team of artistic collaborators from the Yale Schools of Music and Drama to create Basement Hades: Songs of the Underworld, a contemporary retelling of the Orpheus myth which blurs the boundaries between concert, play and multimedia event, which was hailed as “stunningly moving” by the New Haven Review.  More theater projects are currently in development with playwright Justin Taylor, composer Kevin Clark, and documentarian/composer George Lam.  

Through its outreach initiative New Morse Kids, the duo has inspired young listeners with eye-opening performances and engaging presentations at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale’s Morse Summer Music Academy, the ARTS Experience Festival at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New Haven Educational Center for the Arts, Community MusicWorks, and Greenwood Music Camp.  They have given classes and worked with composers at universities across the United States, including Michigan State University, Furman University, Southwestern University, Cornell University, Catholic University of America, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the Yale School of Drama.

Hannah and Michael are co-directors of the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative, a summer residency program in Boscawen, New Hampshire designed to provide resources and support for performers and composers collaborating on new works.  Please see for more information.  They both teach at the University of Kansas. 


New Morse Code is:

Hannah Collins: Cello

Michael Compitello: Percussion


Press Materials:

Short Bio (pdf/doc)

Press Kit (pdf)

High Quality Press Photos (click to download):

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Osvaldo Golijov:  Mariel.  Audio and video by Four/Ten Media.

David Lang: Stuttered Chant. Audio and video by Four/Ten Media

Caroline Shaw: Limestone & Felt. Audio and video by Four/Ten Media

Robert Honstein:  Down Down Baby.  Video by Four/Ten Media.  Audio by Oktaven Audio.


Tonia Ko:  Hush.  Video by Four/Ten Media.  


Caroline Shaw: Boris Kerner.   Video by Four/Ten Media.   


Robert Honstein:  Patter.  Featuring Katie Hyun.  Video by Four/Ten Media.  


Martin Bresnick:  Songs of the Mouse People.  Recorded live at National Sawdust, November 2016.


Nick Didkovsky: Caught by the Sky with Wire.  Recorded live at Washington College.  April 2015.


Andy Akiho: 21.  Recorded live at Washington College.  April 2015.


Osvaldo Golijov: Mariel.  Recorded live at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.  August 2012.


Paul Kerekes: Turning (World Premiere) for NeMoCo + Piano, with Paul himself at the keyboard.  Recorded live at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, July 14, 2012.


Andy Akiho: Karakurenai.  Recorded live at Ruckus NYC.  September 2012


Caroline Shaw: Boris Kerner [Trailer].  Recorded live at Princeton.  November 2012


Joan Arnau Pàmies: [14(a/c)_∞p] (World Premiere) for New Morse Code with Anne Lanzilotti, viola.  Recorded live at MIKROS, 109 Gallery, Brooklyn, April 30, 2013.



New Morse Code with violist Anne Lanzilotti:


New Morse Code with pianist/composer Paul Kerekes:






















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2018-2019 Season Events

September 29, 2018
Vanguard New Music Guest Artist Series
7:30pm, Ludwig Recital Hall
Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive
Kent State University
Kent, OH
Pre-concert discussion and other residency events earlier in the day

November 17, 2018
dwb (Driving While Black)
NMC and Roberta Gumbel
7:30pm, Lawrence Arts Center
Lawrence, KS
New operatic work by Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel

December 8, 2018
The Emigrants
5pm, Queens Museum
Queens, NY
World Premiere documentary-music work by George Lam

January 25, 2019
dwb (Driving While Black)
NMC and Roberta Gumbel
7:30pm, 1900 Building
Lawrence, KS
New operatic work by Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel

February 13, 2019
Wunsch New Music Festival
7:30pm, Swarthout Recital Hall
Lawrence, KS
Music by Tonia Ko

March 12, 2019
Vanitas (Dance Forms)
8:30pm, Tenri Cultural Institute
New York, NY
Music of Matthew Barnson paired with Baroque violin dance music
performed by Daniel S. Lee

June 8, 2019
Re:Sound Music Festival
New Morse Code + andPlay
5pm, The Bop Stop @ The Music Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Music of George Lam and Christopher Stark

Stay tuned for more events!

2017-2018 Season Events

September 19, 2017
Simplicity Itself Pre-Release Show
7:30pm, Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania St, Lawrence, KS 66044
Lawrence, KS

September 22, 2017
Simplicity Itself Street Release Date
New Morse Code debut album available on
New Focus Recordings!

September 23, 2017
Simplicity Itself Album Release Show
7pm, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W 37th St, New York, New York 10018
New York, NY

October 15, 2017
Electric Earth Concerts
Split Bill with guitarist Antigoni Goni
4pm, Historical Society of Cheshire County
Keene, NH

October 29, 2017
CCM Guest Artist Recital
8pm, Werner Recital Hall
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH

October 30, 2017
CCM Workshop/Readings
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH

November 9, 2017
Percussive Arts Society International Convention
Focus Day: Percussion Works Since 2000
11am, Wabash Ballroom
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN
Performing Robert Honstein's Down Down Baby

November 19, 2017
New Morse Code and Triplepoint Trio
7:30pm, Swarthout Recital Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
Featuring new collaborative works by Doug Perry, Jonny Allen, and Sam Suggs

February 8, 2018
Residency at University of Northern Colorado
Chamber music coachings and individual lessons
1pm-5pm, Frasier Hall

NMC Performance
8pm, Foundation Hall
Greeley, CO
Music by Shaw, Ko, Akiho, Honstein, and Golijov

February 20, 2018
NMC: Vanitas
7:30pm, Swarthout Recital Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
World premiere of Matthew Barnson's Vanitas

March 5, 2018
Driving While Black
NMC and Roberta Gumbel
KU Faculty Recital Series
7:30pm, Swarthout Recital Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
World premiere of a new work by Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel

March 21, 2018
NMC:  Vanitas
8:30pm, Tenri Cultural Center
New York, NY
NY premiere of Matthew Barnson's Vanitas

March 22, 2018
NMC:  Vanitas
8pm, Staller Center Recital Hall
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY
Matthew Barnson's Vanitas

June 30, 2018
Times Two Series
8pm, The Record Company
Boston, MA
Split bill with Transient Canvas

More projects to be announced soon!


Past Events


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