Since its highly successful inaugural concert in 2007 in New York City, Nunc has presented programs of vividly juxtaposed music each season and given celebrated world and United States premieres by composers such as Stefano Gervasoni, David Rakowski, Michael Hersch and Ralph Shapey. In addition to self-producing events at diverse venues in New York, Nunc has performed as invited guest ensemble at the Contempo series at University of Chicago, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the summer of 2014, Nunc gave the greatly acclaimed premiere of Michael Hersch’s opera “On the Threshold of Winter” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Projects in 2015-16 include a several-days residency at Williams College, a concert (including three premieres) at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, performances at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and recordings of music by Ileana Perez-Velasquez.
Nunc (Latin for “now”) was founded by Artistic Director and violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson as an occasional concert series called “Transit Circle”. It was renamed and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2012. Nunc is devoted to presenting highest-caliber performances of music of current, recent and older eras. Distinctive programming highlights each era’s innovations and contributions. By including contemporary compositions in a context of historical continuity and evolution, Nunc enhances our sense of immediacy of the present and reveals the interrelation of works across time and divergent philosophies. Comprising a flexible collection of outstanding performers and artists, rather than a fixed ensemble roster, Nunc exposes listeners to important styles and developments including those of our own day.
In demand as soloist and chamber musician, Miranda Cuckson is renowned for her performances of a wide range of repertoire, from early eras to the most current creations. She is one of the foremost and most active violinist-interpreters of contemporary music. She leads a busily active life as a performer in major concert venues like Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, 92nd Street Y, Miller Theatre, and the Lincoln Center and Bard Festivals, as well as at universities, galleries and informal spaces. Following her CD of concertos by Korngold and Ponce, she made several recital CDs of American music, for which she was awarded grants from the Copland and Ditson funds: by Ralph Shapey (two-CD set), Donald Martino and Ross Lee Finney, and “the wreckage of flowers” featuring music by Michael Hersch. Her CD of Luigi Nono’s “la lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” was named a Best Classical Recording of 2012 by the New York Times. She has worked with many of today’s finest composers including Carter, Haas, Dutilleux, Sciarrino, Adams, Crumb, Lachenmann, Saariaho and Davidovsky. Over the last decade or so in New York, she has been involved in many adventurous music organizations in the city, as frequent performer and as presenter of concert events.
Nunc is a long-term aspiration and interest of mine, a sandbox for me to play in and a way, I feel, to be a thoughtful, contributing artist, not only playing great but dealing with the repertoire and its various main streams and intriguing tributaries, thinking and making sense of it and discovering the specifics that give them their communicative power. As Nunc’s director, I look forward to lots of fascinating, moving, fun performances, discussions and projects. It’s very satisfying to have ongoing collaborations with people that evolve and develop and I hope to continue and nurture those. -MC