No Exit Presents: 88bit at Appletree Books
July 19, 7PM at Appletree Books
88bit (pianist Rob Kovacs) performs soundtrack arrangements of classic Nintendo games

"This was a captivating evening of music presented by skilled and friendly performers in an intimate setting. No Exit performs with complete commitment to its repertory but doesn’t take itself too seriously either — something that really draws an audience into what they’re doing."

Daniel Hathaway,

Since its inception, the idea behind No Exit has been to serve as an outlet for the commission and performance of contemporary avant-garde concert music. Now in our tenth season and with well over eighty commissions to date, we have strived to create exciting, meaningful and thought-provoking programs; always with the philosophy of bringing the concert hall to the community (not the other way around) and by presenting our programs in a manner which allows for our audience to really connect with the experience……… free and open to the public in every sense.

Over the years we’ve presented music which represents the gamut of the avant-garde: from the impish and mirthful jazz stylings of Raymond Scott to the cerebral hypercomplexity of Brian Ferneyhough (and just about everything in-between). We’ve sought to give voice to those composers who we feel really have something to say, whether they be young composers at the beginning of their journey, established composers at the height of their abilities, or venturing into the past by exploring new ways of sharing the unconventional and innovative music of the early twentieth-century’s artistic vanguard, which has led to the commission of exciting contemporary re-imaginings of music by Erik Satie and Eric Dolphy, to name a few.

While we have delighted in bringing what we do here in Cleveland to other locales (both national and international), our emphasis has always been on serving the community in Northeast Ohio. No Exit has formed many longstanding and fruitful partnerships with individuals and organizations in the Greater Cleveland area which has in turn, played an essential role in our success in bringing unique programming to audiences in Northeast Ohio. As in past years, we will continue our efforts to nurture the development of young composers and musicians from the area through workshops, student readings and master classes.

NoExit’s 2018-2019 season is a milestone for the ensemble because it marks our ten year anniversary! The time has gone by quickly and we’ve really enjoyed performing for you over this last decade. We’ll be ushering in our tenth year with a bang, starting this September when NoExit is pleased to be welcoming back Cleveland our frequent partners in crime, the St.Paul, Minnesota-based new music ensemble Zeitgeist along with special guests Ars Futura (Cleveland) and Transient Canvas (Boston). This season NoExit will also be presenting two concert series devoted to all new world premiere works from Cleveland area composers and a series of programs which will celebrate the life, legacy and music of the great Czech-American composer Ladislav Kubik. Additionally, the ensemble will be participating in the NeoSonicFest, the CUSP Festival, performing winter solstice concerts at The Museum of Natural History…..and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

No Exit is grateful to have such an enthusiastic and engaged audience. We have so many extraordinary things in store for you, so keep listening!

Thank you for your support.

Nicholas Diodore
Nicholas Underhill
Luke Rinderknecht
Cara Tweed
James Rhodes
Sean Gabriel
Gunnar Owen Hirthe
Timothy Beyer
James Praznik
Edwin Wade