The weeklong festival was begun in 1996 by Glass, Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky to promote talented young composers. Its inaugural concert took place in 1997 at the Anthology Film Archives in the East Village of New York City; it has since commissioned 30 works and presented more than 120 performances.
"Established composers have to help the younger people, to reach down and bring them into the circle of active music-making," said Glass in a statement.
Performing at the concert are Bielawa, Gordon Beeferman, Derek Bermel, Theo Bleckmann, Nick Brooke, Annie Gosfield, Randy Hostetler, Carla Kihlstedt, Phil Kline, Lukas Ligeti, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Eleonor Sandresky and Julia Wolfe, among others. Glass, the festival's executive producer, will appear as well.
"He's an important mentor and teacher to me, and the most important thing he has taught me is to never give up, never," said Roumain, a MATA commission recipient.
MATA's tenth anniversary benefit concert will take place on September 25 at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York City. Visit www.matafestival.org for more information.