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  • richardmitnick 9:53 PM on May 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From yMusic It’s our Anniversary Ten years ago… 

    From yMusic

    1
    It’s our Anniversary! Ten years ago to the day, we had our first meeting to discuss our wild dreams for starting a new group together. We sit now and reflect on our shared history, how much we truly cherish each other, and what a crazy and beautiful journey it has been – and we hope it continues to be. The cinco de mayo is our favorite holiday. ¡Felicidades!

    2
    yMusic bowls!

    See the full article here .


    Alex Sopp
    C.J. Camerieri
    Gabriel Cabezas
    Hideaki Aomori
    Nadia Sirota
    Rob Moose

    Hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to Jose Gonzalez—and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

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    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

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  • richardmitnick 3:07 PM on May 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Jeffrey Kahane-piano, , Sarasota Music Festival, yMusic   

    From Robert Sirota: “Luminous Bodies” 

    Robert Sirota, composer


    Robert Sirota

    Saturday June 23, 2018 | 8:00 pm | Sarasota Opera House
    Tickets

    The world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Luminous Bodies, commissioned by the Sarasota Music Festival, is the focal point of a program you will find captivating. The work’s title, “Luminous Bodies,” refers to the composers Sirota found most influential: Gershwin, Copland, Lili Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn (Felix Mendelssohn’s sister), and Leonard Bernstein. One of music’s great geniuses, Mozart set a new standard for all who came after—especially in his piano concertos, which he intended for himself as soloist. The Piano Concerto No. 14, composed at the height of Mozart’s popularity as a performer, mixes the energy of comic opera with the grace of Classical form. From the opening invocation of joy to the jubilant horn calls in the finale, Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 will bring a grand and joyful conclusion to the 2018 Festival.

    Program

    MOZART
    Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595

    Jeffrey Kahane, pianist


    Jeffrey Kahane, piano

    SIROTA
    Luminous Bodies*

    Jeffrey Kahane, piano; yMusic

    yMusic. No image credit

    *World Premiere performance. Luminous Bodies was commissioned by the Sarasota Music Festival.

    About Robert Sirota:
    Over four decades, composer Robert Sirota has developed a distinctive voice, clearly discernible in all of his work – whether symphonic, choral, stage, or chamber music. Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Allan Kozinn asserts: “Sirota’s musical language is personal and undogmatic, in the sense that instead of aligning himself with any of the competing contemporary styles, he follows his own internal musical compass.”

    Robert Sirota’s works have been performed by orchestras across the US and Europe; ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Sequitur, yMusic, Chameleon Arts, and Dinosaur Annex; the Chiara, American, Ethel, Elmyr, and Blair String Quartets; the Peabody, Concord, and Webster Trios; and at festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Yellow Barn, and Cooperstown music festivals; Bowdoin Gamper and Bowdoin International Music Festival; and Mizzou International Composers Festival. Recent and upcoming commissions include the American Guild of Organists, the American String Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the Naumburg Foundation, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and yMusic.

    Recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, United States Information Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center, Sirota’s works are recorded on the Capstone, Albany, New Voice, Gasparo and Crystal labels. His music is published by Muzzy Ridge Music, Schott, Music Associates of New York, MorningStar, Theodore Presser, and To the Fore.

    A native New Yorker, Sirota studied at Juilliard, Oberlin, and Harvard and divides his time between New York and Searsmont, Maine with his wife, Episcopal priest and organist Victoria Sirota. They frequently collaborate on new works, with Victoria as librettist and performer, at times also working with their children, Jonah and Nadia, both world-class violists.

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

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    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 11:42 AM on April 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Upcoming appearances, yMusic   

    From yMusic: “Upcoming dates and other news!” 

    yMusic

    Upcoming dates and other news!

    We are excited to be reaching out with so many pieces of fantastic news! Last week, we headed out for our first concert dates of 2018. We’ve begun in LA for a residency w/ USC’s composition and dance department. Next, we drop by Lansing for a residency and performance at MSU, followed by a recital in Detroit. Dates and info below:

    4/4: 2 free shows, 5 & 8:30pm, at USC’s Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center. RSVP here.

    4/6: 8pm yMusic recital at Fairchild Theatre, Lansing MI
    Tickets here.

    4/7: 8:30pm yMusic recital at The Cube, Detroit MI
    Tickets here

    At the end of April, we begin rehearsals with Paul Simon for “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour.” We are super honored to be joining Paul and his band for an extensive tour of North America and Europe. In addition to joining forces with the touring band, yMusic will also accompany Paul on its own for a few featured numbers each night. Dates were recently announced, and more information is available on Paul’s website.

    Additionally, in late June, we will return to Sarasota Music Festival to premiere an exciting new work for yMusic and pianist, Jeffrey Kahane, written by Robert Sirota. It’s the festival’s very first commission, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it.

    Jeffrey Kahane, pianist

    Robert Sirota, composer

    For those of you who like videos, please check out this preview for our concert at USC as well as this recently released video of us performing with The Tallest Man on Earth at Pioneer Works. See you all soon!

    See a synopsis of the full article received via email here .


    Alex Sopp
    C.J. Camerieri
    Gabriel Cabezas
    Hideaki Aomori
    Nadia Sirota
    Rob Moose

    Hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to Jose Gonzalez—and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.
    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

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    Stem Education Coalition

    John Schaefer


    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio


    https://www.wnyc.org/
    93.9FM
    https://www.wqxr.org/
    105.9FM
    http://www.thegreenespace.org/

    For great Jazz

    88.3FM http://wbgo.org/

    WPRB 103.3FM

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm


    Please visit The Jazz Loft Project based on the work of Sam Stephenson
    Please visit The Jazz Loft Radio project from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 5:56 PM on March 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Homeward Bound- The Farewell Tour, , Paul Simon, Tour schedule, yMusic   

    From yMusic and Nadia Sirota: “Homeward Bound- The Farewell Tour” 

    yMusic

    Nadia Sirota

    Nadia Sirota

    We are thrilled to announce that this summer we will be joining “Homeward Bound- The Farewell Tour,” as featured performers alongside Paul Simon and his band.

    In Paul’s own words: “I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief. I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.”

    The tour begins May 16 in Vancouver, and covers the US, Canada and Europe.For tickets and more details, visit Paul’s website (link below!)

    Paul Simon

    See the full Paul Simon Tour dates here .


    Alex Sopp
    C.J. Camerieri
    Gabriel Cabezas
    Hideaki Aomori
    Nadia Sirota
    Rob Moose

    Hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to Jose Gonzalez—and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.


    For new music by living composers
    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz
    WPRB

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

     
  • richardmitnick 9:11 AM on March 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From yMusic: Some Albums and Some Events 

    yMusic

    Some albums

    Visit our store or the vendor noted to buy any albums.

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    First: Our third album, released February 17, 2017 on our newly-formed label, Communal Table Records. “First” was written entirely by Ryan Lott (Son Lux) and recorded in New York City at Reservoir Studios in just 2 days. Produced by Thomas Bartlett and engineered by Pat Dillett, the goal was to capture the sound of the group nailing the material for the very first time, preserving the excitement of those initial performances. Visit our store to purchase the album.

    2
    Balance Problems: yMusic’s sophomore effort, out September 30, 2014 on New Amsterdam Records. “Balance Problems” was recorded in the lovely Phish Barn in Vermont, engineered by Alex Venguer and produced by Son Lux. The pieces were written by Nico Muhly, Marcos Balter, Andrew Norman, Jeremy Turner, Timo Andres, Mark Dancigers and Sufjan Stevens.Click here to buy our album from Bandcamp.

    3
    Year of the Dragon: yMusic’s lone EP and piece of vinyl, all rolled into one! We were offered the opportunity to make a limited edition, 7″ by Record Collection Music, and jumped at the chance. The amazing artwork was done by our flutist, Alex Sopp, and the EP features a new recording of Sufjan Stevens’ electronic work, Year of the Dragon, as well as a short piece by Gabriel Kahane. The recordings were made during the “Balance Problems” sessions in Vermont.
    Click here to buy our EP from Record Collection

    Upcoming Shows

    DateCityLocation
    04/04/18 Los Angeles, CA Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, USC US

    Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Shows at 5pm and 8:30pm Buy Tickets

    04/06/18 East Lansing, MI Fairchild Theatre, MSU US

    Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Buy Tickets
    04/07/18 Detroit, MI The Cube US

    Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Buy Tickets

    See the full article items at the web site .


    Alex Sopp
    C.J. Camerieri
    Gabriel Cabezas
    Hideaki Aomori
    Nadia Sirota
    Rob Moose

    Hailed by Performance Today’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to Jose Gonzalez—and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.


    For new music by living composers
    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz
    WPRB

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition

     
  • richardmitnick 7:12 AM on February 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From The New York Times: yMusic Brings Its Versatility to Ecstatic Music Festival 

    This article is copyright protected, so just a few notes.

    By WILLIAM ROBIN
    February 3, 2012

    “Over an eight-day stretch in December members of the chamber sextet yMusic finished a Midwest tour with the folk band Bon Iver; accompanied the indie-rock acts My Brightest Diamond and the National at the Beacon Theater; played with the New York Philharmonic; performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; and participated in recording sessions for the singer and songwriter Beth Orton, the band Dirty Projectors and Trey Anastasio, the frontman of Phish.

    For yMusic the difference between hip-hop and classical music is more an issue of performance practice than of impassable boundaries, a shift of style rather than genre. As members of Generation Y — hence the group’s name — the players grew up with the Internet, whose breakdown of artistic barriers has informed the ensemble’s outlook. Its versatility serves not only unclassifiable composers like Mr. Lott but also more conventional ones who weave pop idioms into their music.


    yMusic

    Rob Moose, violin
    CJ Camerieri, trumpet
    Clarice Jensen, cello
    Alex Sopp, flute
    Hideaki Aomori, reeds
    Nadia Sirota, Viola

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    Nadia Sirota

    This approach intersects with that of the Ecstatic Music Festival, which is in its second season at Merkin Concert Hall. Judd Greenstein, the festival’s curator, prizes yMusic’s open ears.”

    See the full article here.

     
  • richardmitnick 10:59 AM on December 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ACME, , , , , , , , , , , , , , yMusic   

    From The New York Times:”Freelance Musicians Hear Mournful Coda as the Jobs Dry Up” but… 

    First, I am not nor have I ever been a musician. I am simply an avid listener, a passionate New Music and Jazz listener, with a computer. I cannot even type very well.

    So, here is this sort of sad article in The New York Times about the reduced opportunities for freelance musicians these days around the New York City Metropolitan area.

    But, is it really so bad? Not for some, who have taken the D.I.Y approach, formed new groups, sometimes with interchangeable members, and put themselves out in the public view.

    Maybe this dynamic goes back to the seminal D.I.Y group, Bang On a Can, “Formed in 1987 by composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. B.O.A.C “is dedicated to commissioning, performing, creating, presenting and recording contemporary music.” B.O.A.C even has its own label, Cantaloupe Music. And, of course,there are the Bang On A Can All-Stars.


    Bang On A Can All-Stars.

    While B.O.A.C paved the way, there are now a number of other very worthy groups who have formed up to present themselves to the public.

    First to my mind is ACME, The American Contemporary Music Ensemble


    ACME

    I know this group because of one Nadia Sirota, accomplished violist, host and proprietor of Nadia Sirota on Q2, and fellow traveler with the Bedroom Community group of musicians.


    Nadia Sirota


    Bedroom Community’s main players: Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Valgeir Sigurðsson (I hope I got the order correctly)

    Then, there is ICE, International Contemporary Ensemble, mentioned in the article.

    Check their web site and look at their concert schedule. They range far and wide and frequently.

    A group about which I only recently learned is yMusic, “an expandable group of performers actively engaged and equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music world.”


    yMusic
    Recognize anyone?

    Do you know the group Ethel, this string group has been around since 1998. It is safe to say that thye are world famous.

    I really have to quit this post, I could go on and on. Worthy of mention also are So Percussion, eighth blackbird, others not right now bubbling up to memory.

    There are two common threads here, and they are both very important: these groups are basically smallish new music and contemporary music groups; and I leafrned about all of them at Q2 , WQXR’s 24 hour “New Music” web stream.

    So, is it really so bad for freelance musicians, probably, although even most professional journalists are capable of some hyperbole. But maybe the lesson is, what my father did, start your own business.
    Gte your group together, get some compositions that either members of the group compose, or existing works, and go out and sell yourselves. Can you do it alone? Sure, if you are Maya Beiser. But, she is pretty rare.

     
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