From NEWMUSICUSA and yMusic: “Bryce Dessner Premiere”




yMusic Photograph by Allan Amato

yMusic presents a recital of commissioned work including new pieces by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Gabriel Kahane.

“One of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music.” – NPR on yMusic

“Bryce Dessner is a man who slips in and out of musical guises with disarming ease…this is gorgeous and full-hearted music.” – NPR

yMusic applies its virtuosic execution and unique ensemble configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) to its largest commissioned work to date: the N.Y. Premiere of a composition by Bryce Dessner, one of today’s foremost composers. Also receiving its N.Y. Premiere is Nico Muhly’s highly kinetic and agitated Clip. The two premiering works are presented alongside compositions by Gabriel Kahane, Andrew Norman, and Gabriella Smith.

The new album-length work by Bryce Dessner was commissioned in 2016 through BAC’s inaugural Cage Cunningham Fellowship, established to support artists who embody John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s commitment to artistic innovation. The 2016-17 Fellow, celebrated Russian pianist Alexei Lubimov, generously applied his entire $50,000 award to commission five composers he identified at the forefront of music innovation—including Dessner.

Bryce Dessner, N.Y. Premiere, 2018
Nico Muhly: Clip, N.Y. Premiere, 2017
Gabriel Kahane: Bluets, 2017
Gabriella Smith: Tessellations, 2018
Andrew Norman: Caught, 2017

Bryce Dessner by Charlotte de Mezamat

Nico Muhly by Samantha West

Gabriel Kahane credit Josh Goleman

Monday, October 15, 2018
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At NEWMUSICUSA we see ourselves first and foremost as advocates. Our mission is to support and promote new music created in the United States. We do that in many ways, fostering connections, deepening knowledge, encouraging appreciation, and providing financial support. In recognition of the possibility and power inherent in the virtual world, we’ve worked to build a strong internet platform to serve our constituency. And that constituency is broad and diverse, from composers and performers to presenters and producers, casual listeners to die-hard fans. We’re truly committed to serving the WHOLE new music community.

As we go about our work, we make a point of not defining too precisely what we mean by new music. To define is to limit. It’s a spectacular time for musical creativity in part because so much music is being made that isn’t bound by conventional limitations of style or genre or background. The music that we hear being created in such abundance all around us is definition enough. We simply want it to flourish.

We’re fortunate to have as our legacy the history of previous decades of good works done by the American Music Center and Meet The Composer, the two great organizations that merged to form us in 2011. Their legacies have also brought a small financial endowment that mostly helps support our grantmaking. But we’re not a foundation. We depend decisively each year on the generosity of so many institutions and individuals around the country who are dedicated as we are to the advancement of new music and are devoted to supporting our work.

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