CROSSING 32nd St. Ensemble
Crossing 32nd Street, named Phoenix's "Best New Classical Music Ensemble" by the Arizona Republic, strives to increase the awareness and understanding of modern music through an aggressive commitment to performing relevant contemporary works at the highest level. Performances routinely include the music of the modern masters, including, among others, John Cage, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Iannis Xenakis, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, John Luther Adams and James Tenney, as well as the exciting new works of emerging composers.
Founded in 2000 by contemporary music specialists from Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California-San Diego, Crossing 32nd Street is ensemble-in-residence in the Maricopa Community Colleges. Though its instrumentation changes with the needs of each piece, Crossing 32nd Street's core plays percussion, winds, keyboards and electronics while also composing and improvising with acoustic, electro-acoustic, and multi-media tools. The group regularly performs concerts in alternative spaces in Downtown Phoenix and on the campuses of ASU, Glendale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College.