In May 2014, from the 13th through the 18th, VIA launched our inaugural FERUS FESTIVAL, which we have designated as our incubation time for new projects in a workshop performance setting. Each evening features an artist or many artists with whom we are honored to have had the chance to work with.

We are thrilled to have had Q2 Music as our Digital Partner. FERUS Festival was recorded for on-demand listening by our Digital Partner, Q2 Music, WQXR’s online radio station for contemporary classical music at q2music.org. For the full list of performances on-demand, visit their page featuring our festival.

5/13 Tuesday
8 and 10 pm
Jeff Zeigler (cello) Vijay Iyer (piano) Scott Colley (bass) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)

5/14 Wednesday

8 pm
Gity Razaz (composer) Deborah Lifton (soprano) Mikhail Smigelski (baritone) Steve Beck (piano) Vasko Dukovski (clarinet) Serafim Smigelskiy (cello)

10 pm
Niloufar Talebi (librettist) Cree Carrico (soprano) Sarah Heltzel (mezzo soprano) Mila Henry (pianist)

5/15 Thursday
8 and 10 pm
Cornelius Dufallo (violin) Kinan Azmeh (clarinet) Helga Davis (voice)

5/16 Friday
8 and 10 pm
Rinde Eckert (performer)

5/17 Saturday
8 and 10 pm
Paola Prestini (voice, composer) Jeffrey Zeigler (cello) Ian Rosenbaum (percussion) Mivos Quartet (strings) Andy Akiho (composer, percussion) Helga Davis (performer)

5/18 Sunday
8 pm
Daniel Felsenfeld (composer), Wesley Stace, aka John Wesley Harding (host), Maeve Hoglund (soprano), Heather Meyer (soprano), Kacey Cardin (soprano), Emily Manzo (harpsichord), Sarah Carrier (flute)

10 pm

Albert Behar (composer, accordionist) Ariadne Greif (soprano)


Q2 Music is WQXR’s online music station dedicated to contemporary classical composers, innovative ensembles, and vibrant, live webcasts from New York City’s leading new-music venues. Q2 Music, a live 24/7 music stream available at wqxr.org/q2music, includes immersive festivals, insightful commentary from hosts and composers, full-length album streams, in-depth interviews with trend-setting artists, and special live events at The Greene Space at WQXR. Q2 Music is also available via the free WQXR app.

Special thanks to The Stone and John Zorn for hosting us this year! And to Audio Engineer Jay Eigenmann. Photography by Jill Steinberg.


Listen to the performances on WQXR’s Q2 Music!

Friday 5/29, 7 PM — Hafez Modirzadeh (composer/alto saxophone), Agata Zubel (composer/vocals), with special guests Leo Genovese (piano), Cornelius Dufallo (violin), and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)

Saturday 5/30, 3 PM —  Molly Joyce (composer), Cornelius Dufallo (composer/violin), Mika Karlsson (composer), Royce Vavrek (librettist), with special guests Lucy Dhegrae (soprano), Patrick Jones (pianoforte), Austin Regan (director), and Christopher Oscar Peña (librettist)

Saturday 5/30,  5 PM — Ariadne Greif (soprano), Gity Razaz (composer), Inbal Segev (cello), with special guests Carmen Kordas (visual design) and Caroline Park (sound design)

Launched in May 2014, VisionIntoArt’s annual FERUS Festival comes to Pioneer Works! Ferus Festival is VIA’s designated incubation period that highlights new projects in a workshop performance setting. Highlighting some of the most exciting creators of music and theatre, the 2015 FERUS Festival is a two day extravaganza of new music, theatre, sound and visual worlds. Featured composers/musicians are Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Molly Joyce, Mikael Karlsson, Hafez Modirzadeh (alto saxophone), Gity Razaz, Agata Zubel (voice), with featured performers Leo Genovese (piano), Lucy Dhegrae (soprano), Ariadne Greif (soprano), Patrick Jones (pianoforte), Inbal Segev (cello) and Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), production collaborators Carmen Kordas, Caroline Park, Austin Regan, and librettists Christopher Oscar Peña and Royce Vavrek.

The 2015 Ferus Festival is supported in part by the New Music USA Cary’s New Music Performance Fund and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council. Agata Zubel is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Q2 is the official Ferus Festival Digital Partner.



PCI_NEW YORK_white_en





Jan 14-17, 2016: VisionIntoArt is thrilled to present the 3rd annual FERUS Festival, designed to showcase and incubate new projects, in our new home as the development branch of National Sawdust. A four-day extravaganza of new music, theater, and visuals, FERUS features discoveries from innovative international and local artists.


Thursday, January 14 (Show 1)


Ashley “Robi” Robicheaux, Multimedia

Jeffrey Zeigler, Cello

Agata Zubel, Composer and Vocalist


Thursday, January 14 (Show 2)

Pulsivity Works 2, excerpts from Resonance IVI, Two Friends in Ankara

Hafez Modirzadeh, Composer and Saxophone

Cornelius Dufallo, Violin

Leo Genovese, Piano

Jeffrey Zeigler, Cello


Friday, January 15

VisionIntoArt Showcase Concert
Epiphany: The Cycle of Life, Lullaby Movement

Paola Prestini, composer

Niloufar Talebi, librettist

Netsayi, composer and librettist

Sarah Kirkland Snider, composer

Nathaniel Bellows, librettist

Francisco J. Núñez, YPC Founder and Artistic Director,

Ian Rosenbaum, Percussion

Young People’s Chorus of New York City


Saturday, January 16

New works by Shamar Watt and Kelsey Lu, curated by Nora Chipaumiré 

Kelsey Lu, cellist, vocalist, and composer

Shamar Watt, choreographer and dancer


Sunday, January 17 (Show 1)

Home Within

Kinan Azmeh, Composer, Clarinet

Kevork Mourad, Visuals


Sunday, January 17 (Show 2)

Breath and Hammer

David Krakauer, Clarinet

Kathleen Tagg, Composer, Pianist


More information: nationalsawdust.org/ferus  


PCI_NEW YORK_black_en

VIA’s 2016 Ferus Festival at National Sawdust is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council. Agata Zubel is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Q2 is the official Ferus Festival Digital Partner.