Bonk Festival of New Music
When: 9 pm Wednesday, March 17,
Ybor Performing Arts Theater
This first-ever joint presentation by the Festival
of the Moving Image and the Bonk Festival merges
the disciplines of music, performance and video
For one week each spring, the Tampa Bay area plays host to one of the country's most
unique and innovative musical events.
The Bonk Festival of New Music draws upon the talents of a worldwide
network of composers and performers whose collective musical vision is an unpredictable
and adventurous combination of classical traditional and modern technology.
Bonk Started in 1992
"Once again, the Bonk Festival proves to be one of the most vital venues for new composers
and artists in the United States today."
- American Record Guide
Since 1992, Bonk has presented over 400 works by more than 80 composers, including
over 150 world premieres. Each year the festival juxtaposes a variety of musical styles and
performance media, including soloists, large and small ensembles, acoustic and electronic music,
dance, video and chamber theater.
As a forum for contemporary music that is decidedly out of the mainstream of current
popular and classical trends (yet draws easily from both traditions), the Bonk Festival
provides an opportunity for audiences to be challenged and entertained by first-rate
performances of cutting-edge new works by lesser-known composers and established artists alike;
and it provides an opportunity for those like-minded artists to interact and collaborate
in the creation of new works and technologies that will test the limits of musical expression
well into this century.