Anti-Social Music is a non-profit collective of composers and performers created for the purpose of presenting new music by eclectic, cross-genre composers. We came together in November 2000 for what was originally intended only as a one-off concert called "An Afternoon of Anti-Social Chamber Music". Turns out people liked it, so now we present concerts of premieres, twice yearly, of new compositions written and performed by ASM members and associates. The programs for these concerts are intended to feature exclusively premiere performances of new work, written in most cases specifically for the ensemble and the concerts; and are additionally intended to not be so gosh-darn serious. This stuff is supposed to be fun, no? Plus we do shows of ASM repertory at festivals, clubs, on rooftops, and venues both conventional and urine-stained. And all shows feature artwork and stage design by some of our favorite local artists.
Since then? Approaching our tenth anniversary, we've played everywhere from the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe to Merkin Hall. We've released three studio albums, with two more on the way. We produced a hit indie opera. We’ve collaborated with artists including dälek and His Name Is Alive as part of our “Anti-Social Music Sleeps Around” commission/collaboration project. We toured Ukraine in fall 2010 (see our tour blog at http://asminukraine.blogspot.com/). We’re offering our entire live archive for download at antisocialmusic.bandcamp.com. We’ve played over 80 shows, premiered 123 new works by 28 composers, and over 110 performers have played or recorded with us. Not bad for a bunch of scrubs.
THE PEOPLE: No-one in the group is simply a chamber-music lifer or a downtown-jazz snob or a punk-rocker dabbling in the "legit music" world. ASM concerts have featured members of Gutbucket, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Balkan Beat Box, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Hold Steady, Ida, Jon Langford's Ship & Pilot, the New Jersey Philharmonic, New York City Opera, and so on and so on. You get my point. Basic New York scene eclectics. All the fun without the pretension.
Oh yes, one last point of interest. People often ask us, "Why 'Anti-Social Music'? Who are you trying to fool? Clearly you're just a bunch of nice kids with music stands." By way of an answer, I suggest an experiment. Next time you throw a party, cocktail hour, or other social gathering, put our CD in your changer between Animal Collective and the Dirty Projectors and see how long it takes before your guests begin to shift back and forth uneasily and start looking at their watches. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what happens!