Founded in 1993, Perspectives Ensemble creates musical events that present the works of composers in cultural or historic context. Its programs offer interpretations informed by the influences prevailing upon composers at the time of composition, and often bridge and integrate the musical, visual, and literary arts. The Ensemble maintains the highest standards of preparation and performance in order to produce intellectually stimulating events that provide its artists and audiences opportunities to gain new insights into particular works of art.
The Ensemble forms high-level collaborations with leading artists and other presenting organizations as required by the needs of specific events and programs. Perspectives Ensemble provides a framework within which artists and staff are able to contribute at their maximum levels of accomplishment, thus maintaining the standards of preparation and performance that define the Ensemble's work.
The mission of MAYA, a trio of harp, flute and percussion and a project of Perspectives Ensemble which was formed in 2005, is to perform and commission new works, and to continually expand its repertoire with music drawn from different world cultures.
Perspectives Ensemble was founded by its Artistic Director Sato Moughalian in 1993 as the resident ensemble for the series Perspectives in Music and Art at Columbia University. The ensemble has presented thematic concerts as well as programs on subjects that bridge the visual, musical, and literary arts, consistently receiving the highest critical accolades, among them Familiar Strangers: Gypsy Musical Heritage; The 19th & 20th Century Melodrama; Under the Influence - Popular Culture and the Arts in 1920s Europe; Charles Tomlinson Griffes - An American Original; and The Prairie and the Search for an American Style. Praise from The New York Times includes "first-rate performances by accomplished musicians," "a superb recital by the Perspectives Ensemble," and "rhythms were remarkably precise, supple and subtle."
Perspectives Ensemble collaborates with some of the most dynamic and visionary conductors today, including its new principal guest conductor Angel Gil-Ordˇ˝ez; Paul Haas, Rob Kapilow, Roger Nierenberg, Francisco Nu˝ez, and George Steel, in concerts and recordings that feature the works of living composers and historic figures, shedding new light on their work through explorations of their music in the context of their time and place. It has collaborated with IberArtists in programs of Spanish and Catalan music of the Modernist movement & for world premieres of music by Vadillo, Artero, Sotelo, & Erkoreka, and with The Foundation for Iberian Music for a program entitled Suri˝ach and the Creation of Modern Dance in New York. Perspectives Ensemble was recently appointed Artist in Residence of the Foundation for Iberian Music, City University Graduate Center [Christine--link that title to this: http://brookcenter.gc.cuny.edu/new-artist-in-residence-at-the-foundation-for-iberian-music/ ] The New York Times called the ensemble's performance of El Amor Brujo "stunning. Perspectives Ensemble worked [without a conductor], yet gave a performance that was remarkably polished, fastidiously balanced and full of electricity."
Perspectives Ensemble has been presented in Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Lincoln Center, Columbia and New York Universities, the Rubin Museum, Ethical Culture Society, and has recorded for Sony Classics, Newport Classics and New World Records, among others. It was the resident ensemble for the Young People's Chorus of NY's Transient Glory commissioning program, and has served as a resident ensemble for the Miller Theatre's groundbreaking Pocket Concerto Project.
Recordings include Sonnets to Orpheus by Richard Danielpour (Sony), Recollections by Karl Husa (New World), and Charles Tomlinson Griffes: Goddess of the Moon (Newport), of which The New York Times wrote: "The performances by the Perspectives Ensemble, an outstanding aggregation based in New York are first-rate, with particularly fine playing by the flutist Sato Moughalian." The Perspectives Ensemble / MAYA Commissioning Project began in 2005, and Perspectives Recordings, featuring music of emerging composers, was launched in December 2007 with the release of its debut CD MAYA In The Spirit. Perspectives Ensemble will release a CD of chamber ensemble works of Xavier Montsalvatge with soloists Timothy Fain, violin, and Sasha Cooke, mezzo, and Angel Gil-Ordˇ˝ez in 2013.
The Ensemble opened the Morgan Library's 2012-13 concert season with a program of works by Montsalvatge, Gerhard, and Casablancas in honor of the Montsalvatge centenary in 2012.