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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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About


About


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New Morse Code (Hannah Collins, cello; Michael Compitello, percussion) is the confluence of two magnetic personalities who have taken up the admirable task of creating a hub for the performance, commissioning, and promotion of new music. NMC is theoretically the alluring and uncommon combination of cello and percussion, but in practice is best described as two musicians of extraordinary depth and skill untethered by their instrumental constraints. This unrestricted approach has allowed them to create a body of work in which Hannah can be found crushing plastic bottles and Michael plucking the strings of the cello––all with the intention of expanding and facilitating the imaginations of their composer-collaborators––while ultimately creating a meaningful and lasting repertoire. The performances that arise from this playful and innovative methodology reveal Hannah and Michael’s passion for sharing the work of their friends and peers, and aside from their effortless ability to perform the most finger-twisting of contemporary repertoire, NMC’s ability to communicate the esoteric details and depth of these complex works is what makes them truly remarkable chamber musicians. As tireless advocates for new music, they constantly seek out diverse venues (wineries, outdoor parks, art museums, elementary school classrooms), and their ability to connect with disparate audiences by way of their disarming charm, accessible intellect, and dynamic musicality is exceptional.

Hannah and Michael formed New Morse Code while they were students at Yale after returning to the United States from extended and informative study in Europe. Inspired by their similar yet different experiences abroad, they began performing together and planting the seeds that would blossom into their dedicated community of collaborators and followers. They currently teach at the University of Kansas and serve as assistant directors of Avaloch Farm Music Institute.

—Christopher Stark (June 2017)

 

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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Outdoor photos by Tatiana Daubek

Indoor photos by Michiko Tierney

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Media


Media


Video

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.

Paul Kerekes: Turning. Recorded live with Paul Kerekes, piano, at the 2012 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Calendar


Calendar


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
MORE INFO

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

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
MORE INFO

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
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5pm, The Bop Stop @ The Music Settlement
Cleveland, OH
Music of George Lam and Christopher Stark

July - August, 2019
Avaloch Farm Music Institute
We are the assistant directors of this chamber music residency program in
Boscawen, NH
For more information, please see the webpage

 

Past Events

 

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