NakedEye Ensemble: Looking Inward Facing Out
NakedEye Ensemble is an electro-acoustic band with classical, rock and jazz DNA. Based out of Lancaster, PA, they commission work from young emerging composers such as Angélica Negrón, Molly Joyce, Florent Ghys and Monica Pearce, as well as established composers such as Jerome Kitzke, Randall Woolf and Zack Browning.
NakedEye counts among its core members the multi-talented composers Richard Belcastro and Rusty Banks. Three albums reflect the group’s stylistic diversity. “Storylines Crossing” (Starkland, 2018) explores the group’s blues and jazz expressions. The album received Global Music Awards’ Best Debut Album and Best Ensemble Album of 2018. “Toy” (New Focus Recordings, 2019) takes the group’s focus in an entirely different direction, in both instrument and style. Original works featuring the toy piano solo take center stage, exploring the vast range of the diminutive instrument. Their most recent album, “A Series of Indecipherable Glyphs” (New Focus Recordings, 2022), is a collection of works that take inspiration from rock and roll. Framed around an arrangement of Frank Zappa’s Sinister Footwear, NakedEye presents dynamic works by Molly Joyce, Richard Belcastro, Whitney George, Aaron Jay Myers, Rusty Banks and Nick Didkovsky.
In addition to its regular season concerts in the Northeast, NakedEye has been featured at New Music Gathering, Queens New Music Festival, The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, The DCCC New Music Series, Pikes Falls Chamber Music Festival and Tribeca New Music, as well as schools and universities in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
NakedEye Ensemble is a 501(c)3 led by pianist Ju-Ping Song and supported in part by The Russo Family Foundation, PA Council on the Arts, The Amphion Foundation and New Music USA.