Sympho is dedicated to creating and producing compelling musical performances, juxtaposing music of different styles in revelatory ways. In collaboration with like-minded artists from many disciplines, we provide our audience an engaging, immersive, multisensory experience.
Starting in 2006 with our critically-acclaimed premiere concert experience REWIND, Artistic Director Paul Haas has honed a performance practice based on maximizing the visceral impact of sound on the audience member by using alternative musician placement and movement constructs. Informed by experiences with the great masters of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods, church music of the Episcopal liturgy, and the Indian Raga tradition, Haas and Sympho are deeply interested in the sonic possibilities of unusually large or idiosyncratic performance spaces. Sympho concerts compare to a “normal” concert experience the same way stereo sound compares to mono.
Sympho has elicited rave responses both from its audiences and the press. According to The New York Times, Sympho “refits the classical experience for a new century…performed with passion and beauty by Mr. Haas and his young players.” This is “like nothing you’ve seen before…Mr. Haas has seen the future of classical music,” exclaims WQXR FM in New York City. The San Jose Mercury News calls Sympho performances “terrific…smartly stitched together and beautifully played.” Symphony magazine says, “Something important was happening, something with emotional stakes,” while the San Francisco Chronicle rejoins, “Something momentous has occurred.”
Recently Sympho was commissioned to create a site-specific concert event for the opening night of the Park Avenue Armory’s avant-garde Tune-In Music Festival, playing to a capacity crowd in the Armory’s 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Following in the footsteps of artistic luminaries Meredith Monk and the Kronos Quartet, Sympho has been commissioned by collector and arts advocate Steven Oliver to create an immersive, site-specific concert experience for The Tower, a monolithic eight-story, 80-foot tall sculpture and performance venue designed by Ann Hamilton. This concrete structure, which is 24 feet in diameter and located in the heart of California’s wine country, will embrace both performers and audience on its two parallel staircases, yielding a sonic environment designed to surprise and delight the ear and eye. For more information, please visit SymphoConcerts.org.