Since its successful inaugural concert in 2007 in New York City, Nunc has presented distinctively curated programs and given celebrated world and United States premieres by composers including Stefano Gervasoni, David Rakowski, Michael Hersch, Ileana Perez Velasquez, Diego Tedesco, David Fulmer, Jonathan Dawe and Ralph Shapey. In addition to self-producing events at diverse venues in New York, Nunc has performed as invited guest ensemble at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Contempo series at University of Chicago, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Peabody Institute in Baltimore. In the summer of 2014, Nunc gave the acclaimed premiere of Michael Hersch’s opera “On the Threshold of Winter” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Upcoming projects include residencies at Williams College in Massachusetts and at Shepherd School of Music/Rice University in Houston.
Nunc was founded by Artistic Director violinist Miranda Cuckson as an occasional concert series called “Transit Circle” (a type of telescope). It was renamed Nunc (the Latin word for “now”) and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2012. Comprising a flexible collection of performers and artists, rather than a fixed ensemble roster, Nunc is devoted to presenting high-caliber performances of music, highlighting innovations and compositional contributions, and enhancing our sense of immediacy in the present by revealing the interrelation of works across time.
In demand as soloist and chamber musician, violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson is known for her performances of a wide range of repertoire, and is one of the foremost and most active interpreters of contemporary music. She performs in concert venues including Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Miller Theatre, and the Lincoln Center and Bard Festivals, and at universities, galleries and informal spaces. Following her album of concertos by Korngold and Ponce, she recorded “the wreckage of flowers”: music by Michael Hersch, and CDs of music by Americans Shapey, Martino and Finney, for which she was awarded grants from the Copland and Ditson funds. Her CD of 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 numerous 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. I look forward to fascinating, moving, fun performances, discussions and projects. It’s satisfying to have ongoing collaborations that evolve and develop and I hope to continue and nurture those. -MC