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Stranger Love

With music by Dylan Mattingly and text by Thomas Bartscherer, this 6-hour-long multimedia opera is a grand celebration of life that follows two lovers whose romance unfolds to the rhythm of the seasons.

Docile Bodies

With music by Ethan Braun, this opera on a story of Jorge Luis Borges surrounds the audience with sound to tell a story that meditates on the nature of god and the legacy of colonialism.

And Flowers Showered

With music by Krists Auznieks, this evening-length meditation on the self invites the audience to explore a space in which musicians and natural beauty surround them.


Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine

This collaborative composition by Hardanger fiddle duo Dan Trueman and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh will engage the power, rhythms, and "detailed silence" of traditional Irish music.

Treading Water

Indie-folk singer and new music violinist Sarah Goldfeather brings her inimitable songwriting and voice to a new work that explores the cognitive distortions that feed our insecurities.


With music by Brian Petuch, this daylong communal performance tracks the movement of the sun across the sky through an immersive musical experience that involves professional and avocational musicians.


University Residencies

Contemporaneous offers residencies for colleges and universities throughout the US that are tailor-made to meet the needs of participating students.



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For composers and artists who dream in music:

Contemporaneous is looking for your wildest, most unwieldy, impossible ideas. The ones you might come up with late at night and then tell yourself to forget in the morning because they could never exist. If you dream of something that you could create if only you had enough time or money or could find people who care as much as you do, we want to hear about it. If you've written something that does not fit into the framework of expectations for new music — whether it's absurdly long or difficult or impossible-to-market — but you know that it will have a profound effect on those who experience it... we want to help bring it into being.

 Please email us at to share with us the musical work that you really want to spend your time doing.

Contemporaneous is devoted to expanding the imagination through music and collaborative art-forms (and forms of art not yet invented). It is our mission to help you bring about the most meaningful dreams that you do not think possible to realize, through the unquenchably open-minded spirit of our 21 incredible musicians and the full force of our artistic and development team. Please be daring as you imagine the future— we promise to respond with the seriousness your ideas deserve, no matter how crazy or impossible they may sound.

Launched in March 2017, Contemporaneous IMAGINATION has already undertaken development on nine different projects, some of which have already been brought to completion. Check here below to see the updated list of fully realized projects brought to life by Contemporaneous IMAGINATION.

Completed Projects of Contemporaneous IMAGINATION:

  • SUNRISE / SUNSET, by composer Brian Petuch — a 16-hour communal work that tracks the movement of the sun from sunrise to sunset. Presented June 21, 2018 at Liberty Park, New York, NY. For more info, click here.

  • Treading Water, by composer Sarah Goldfeather — a song cycle which uses original texts by Martha Sprackland to explore Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the obsessive, irrational, despairing and desperate inner world of cognitive distortions that feed our ugliest insecurities.

  • And Flowers Showered, by composer Krists Auznieks — an immersive concert length exploration of the self through music, movement, and architecture, which allows us to investigate the constituent parts of the indigenous voice and ask: what is the self, and what makes us each an individual? Presented February 25, 2018 at National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY. For more info, click here.