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Lee, Yoon-Ji : Padong (zOaR Records)

Five compositions from Yoon-Ji Lee, whose work employs unconventional and nonlinear structures that focus on quick transformations of language, noise, texture, and tonal color, here with five works, one performed by JACK Quartet & Mivos Quaret, a work for solo Saenghwang, a solo piano work, a string quartet, and a mixed chamber ensemble.
 

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Yoon-Ji Lee-composer

Moon Young Ha-conductor

Brad Cherwin-clarinet

Trevor New-viola

Eric Allen-cello

Dorothy Chan-piano

Pauline Kim Harris-violin

Conrad Harris-violin

Kallie Sugatski-viola

Christopher Gross-cello

Ari Streisfeld-violin

Christopher Otto-violin

John Pickford Richards-viola

Kevin McFarland-cello

Olivia De Prato-violin

Joshua Modney-violin

Victor Lowrie Tafoya-viola

Isabel Castellvi -cello


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UPC: 755491208571

Label: zOaR Records
Catalog ID: ZCD 089
Squidco Product Code: 30727

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Track 1 recorded at The Firehouse Space by Moon Young Ha.

Track 2 recorded at Havestworks, by Kevin Ramsey.

Track 3 recorded at Havestworks, by Kevin Ramsey.

Track 4 recorded at Tenri Cultural Institute, by Paul Howells.

Track 5 recorded Southern Illinois University, by Miles Vandiver.

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"Composer Yoon-Ji Lee is recognized for her unconventional and nonlinear structures that focus on quick transformations of language, noise, texture, and tonal color in both acoustic and electroacoustic arrangements. Her recent works engage visual art, dance, literature, and intercultural influence. Most recently, Sunday Supper -- an experimental opera for Western and Traditional Korean Ensemble plus generative interactive video was premiered at National Sawdust in NYC. Her works have been performed by ensembles in both Korea and the U.S. to include Argento Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Lydian String Quartet, and Ensemble Mise-En. Lee is Currently Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music."-zOar


Artist Biographies

"Composer Yoon-Ji Lee is recognized for her unconventional and nonlinear structures that focus on quick transformations of language, noise, texture, and tonal color in both acoustic and electroacoustic arrangements. Her recent works engage visual art, dance, literature, and intercultural influence. Most recently, Sunday Supper -- an experimental opera for Western and Traditional Korean Ensemble plus generative interactive video was premiered at National Sawdust in NYC. Her works have been performed by ensembles in both Korea and the U.S. to include Argento Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Lydian String Quartet, and Ensemble Mise-En. Lee is Currently Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music."

-zOaR Records 2/28/2024

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"Moon Young Ha is a founding member of and conductor for ensemble mise-en, and since 2014, has served as the Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer for the ensemble's home venue MISE-EN_PLACE. Moon curates and conducts some of the most unexpected, perplexing, and prominent concerts of contemporary classical music in the city today. As a composer, Moon's works are heard worldwide, commissioned by major ensembles and chamber orchestras, and featured in experimental collaborations with the musicians in New York-based ensemble mise-en.

His compositional output is as eclectic as the concerts he curates. Much of his work combines acoustic instruments with electronics, video, and choreography, reflecting influences from western, non-western, jazz, and pop idioms. His work also emphasizes organic development, narrative structure, and close research into spectral combinations, creating audible storylines that delight the senses and spur the imagination.

In recent seasons, his works have been premiered by groups sch as the International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Empyrean Ensemble, Chatham Baroque, Momenta Quartet and many others. Moon has been resident composer at I-Park, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Omi International Arts Center, and was guest composer at the Intimacy of Creativity Project at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology."

-Ensemble Mise-En (https://www.mise-en.org/)
2/28/2024

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"Hailed for his "technical prowess [and] perfect conveyance of...wit, humor, and effect" (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), clarinetist Brad Cherwin is one of "Toronto's best young chamber musicians" (Bachtrack). His playing has been lauded as "astounding" (Sarasota Herald-Tribune) and "a total success...as flexible in tone as possible" (Calgary Herald). Highlights of this season include Dora Award nominated performances as the solo clarinetist in Against the Grain Theatre's production of Vivier's Kopernikus, presentation in recital at The Music Gallery, and chamber music with faculty at The Royal Conservatory. As a presenter and performer of new music, Cherwin has premiered works by Pascal Dusapin, Wolfgang Rihm, and Kaija Saariaho, among others. Cherwin is the is the co-director of The Happenstancers, an ensemble and series in Toronto that features "an obscene amount of talent" (The WholeNote). Their concerts have been praised as "superbly planned, with a rich banquet of textures and colours ... Next time these people throw a recital, run don't walk" (Lydia Perovic, Definitely the Opera)."

-Muse 9 Productions 2/28/2024

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Trevor New: Viola+Tech+Vision. electro acoustic violist & composer creating innovative originals, intuitive & scored soundscapes, that evoke a cinematic journey.

-Trevor New Website (http://www.trevornew.com/)
2/28/2024

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"Eric Allen, born in Portland, Oregon, is a multi-instrumentalist and composer living in New York City. He is an enthusiastic performer of new music, having performed with Contemporaneous, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Mimesis Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and ensemble mise-en. He is a strong improviser of many styles, and frequently performs with various jazz, singer-songwriters, and rock ensembles around New York. He is a founding member of the group Speed Bump, a string trio dedicated to performing their original compositions and unique arrangements of classical, jazz, and world music.

Eric's compositional style is a direct result of his varied performing background, and often combines elements from different genres to create his compositional voice. This year, he received an Honorable Mention in New York Youth Symphony's First Music young composer competition (Jazz). In 2013, he received an Honorable Mention in the Brian M. Israel Prize, and an ASCAP Plus Award. His recent compositions have been performed by Mr McFall's Chamber, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, ensemble mise-en, the Quadraphonnes, and the Portland Jazz Composers' Ensemble. In 2009, he was commissioned by the Portland Ballet to revise the score of La Boutique Fantasque for their annual Fall performances. He was a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop from 2010 to 2013.

Eric's instrument of choice is the cello. He frequently performs in Off-Broadway musicals, and has played in professional orchestras such as the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Portland Festival Symphony, and the Astoria Festival Orchestra. He is the recipient of the 2009 Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Award for New Music Performance. Eric also plays trumpet, mostly in jazz bands, and has also given performances on piano, melodica, accordion, and bicycle.

Eric graduated from Indiana University with a master's degree in cello performance where he served as an Associate Instructor of cello. He received his bachelor's degree in cello performance and composition at Portland State University. Eric is currently studying Indian classical music and is a sarangi student of Pandit Ramesh Misra."

-Eric Allen Website (http://www.erictheallen.com/biography)
2/28/2024

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"Dorothy is a New York-based (toy) pianist, improviser, sound-maker and educator.

A new-music advocate, she enjoys exploring experimental repertoire and new sounds on the piano, prepared piano and toy piano. She is the founding member of toy piano electronic duo Chromic Duo (CAG artists), and chamber collective ensemble mise-en, and has premiered, performed and recorded hundreds of new works. Past appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall (New York, USA), Roulette Intermedium (New York, USA), Bösendorfer Saal (Vienna, Austria), BEXCO (Busan, Korea), Kapellet Produktion (Stockholm, Sweden), and at music festivals such as SXSW (Austin, USA), Moving Sounds Festival (New York, USA), Gaida Festival (Vilnius, Lithuania), and the Arena Festival (Riga, Latvia).

Dorothy values promoting and collaborating with multidisciplinary artists and composers for new projects and premieres, to create programs that are responsive yet intimately reflective. Recent collaborations include installations at the Design Museum of Chicago, FigmentNY on Governor's Island and Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, with the support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Chamber Music America, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Barlow Endowment.

Dorothy has maintained a teaching studio for more than ten years, organizing group classes and recitals along with individual piano instruction. She received degrees from Manhattan School of Music (M.M. Piano Performance), and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.M. Piano Performance with Highest Honors and Bronze Tablet, minor in percussion and business), under the tutelage of the late Zenon Fishbein and Dr. Timothy Ehlen."

-Dorothy Chan Website (https://www.dorothychan.org/about.html)
2/28/2024

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"Pauline Kim Harris, aka PK or Pauline Kim is a Grammy™-nominated violinist and composer. The youngest student to have ever been accepted into the studio of legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz, she has since appeared throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia as soloist, collaborator and music director. Currently known for her work with classical avant-punk violin duo String Noise with her husband, Conrad Harris of the FLUX Quartet, she has toured extensively with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, has been a long standing member of the SEM Ensemble and OstravskaBanda in the Czech Republic and has been a guest artist with leading new music ensembles such as Talea, ICE, Alarm Will Sound, Argento, TRANSIT, Object Collection, Glass Farm Ensemble, Ensemble LPR, Wordless Music and Ensemble Signal in New York City.

Committed to the idea that music is one continuous lineage of expression and demonstration of time, Pauline has been dismantling the norm of expectation of a typical classical violinist by performing in concerts presented in museums, churches, nightclubs, out of doors, rooftops, pop-ups to major stages with an openness to genre. As a composer, Pauline searches for a tactile connection between memory and sound. Her music creates a multi-dimensional sonic matrix through composition, transporting the listener to an alternate co-existence. She introduces an environment that alters the listener's emotional identity to what they are experiencing.

Active in the experimental music scene, her work extends into interdisciplinary worlds, crossing boundaries and connecting visual art, electronics, media, film and dance to music. She has premiered and recorded works by Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, George Lewis, David Lang, Du Yun, Annie Gosfield and more.

Crossing over into the rock and pop worlds, she has played and recorded as collaborator and leader for Jeff Beck, Lenny Kravitz, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Tyondai Braxton, Max Richter, Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes), Jon Brion, Savion Glover, Gabriel Kahane, Mica Levi (Micachu and the Shapes), Jay Z/Beyoncé, Adele, Peter Gabriel, Somi, Jane Siberry, Macy Grey, Laurie Anderson, Björk, Roscoe Mitchell, Max Richter, Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Michael Leonhart, Placido Domingo, Joni Mitchell, John Cale (Velvet Underground), Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Jason Moran, Dan Romer, William Basinski, Jherek Bischoff, Stars of the Lid, Goldfrapp, Chilly Gonzales, Louis Michot (Lost Bayou Ramblers), Kishi Bashi, Nico Muhly & Doveman, Nu Deco Ensemble and with Jónsi Birgisson (Sigur Ros) in the fall of 2019.

Pauline was the first Music Director for the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company and has been the featured artist for choreographers David Parker, Kora Radella and Pam Tanowitz. She has performed at MASS MoCA, MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, iMOCA, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Guggenheim, The Drawing Center, Paula Cooper Gallery, Barnes Foundation, Brooklyn Museum and Noguchi Museum to name some.

She has appeared at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Ghent Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, White Light Festival, Big Ears Festival, Liquid Music, Jacob's Pillow, Barbican, Miller Theater, Baryshnikov Center, DiMenna Classical Center, Symphony Space, Joyce Theater, Roulette, Issue Project Room, BAM, Sydney Opera House, Library of Congress, FringeArts, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall.

Pauline moved to NYC at the age of 15 to study with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School and is currently a sought after mentor to dance and drama students through the Juilliard Mentoring Program."

-Pauline Kim Harris Website (http://www.paulinekimharris.com/about)
2/28/2024

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"Violinist Conrad Harris has performed new works for violin at Ostrava Days, Darmstadt Ferrienkürse für Neue Musik, Gulbenkian Encounters of New Music, Radio France, Warsaw Autumn, and New York's Sonic Boom Festival. In addition to being a member of the FLUX Quartet and violin duo String Noise, he is concertmaster/soloist with the S.E.M. Orchestra, Ostravská Banda, STX Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra and Ensemble LPR.

He has performed and recorded with such artists as Elliott Sharp, Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, David Behrman "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Jean-Claude Risset, Rohan de Saram and Tiny Tim. His recordings of the Lejaren Hiller Violin Sonatas with pianist, Joseph Kubera will be released in 2018 on New World Records. He has also recorded for Asphodel, Vandenburg, CRI, and Vinyl Retentive Records."

-Conrad Harris Website (https://www.conradharris.com/bio)
2/28/2024

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"Kallie Sugatski is a member of Hotel Elefant, and performs regularly with International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Pittsburgh Symphony, New York City Ballet, New Jersey Symphony, New York City Opera, Riverside Symphony, Talea Ensemble; and at Lion King and Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. A fierce advocate for contemporary music, she works with today's leading composers, and has performed over 300 new works and more than 150 world premieres.

Feminist Counterpoint, Kallie's solo project, champions music written in her lifetime by women, trans, and nonbinary composers. Through this project, she amplifies underrepresented voices by commissioning new works, reinforcing the existing repertoire, and reaching new audiences through lecture/recital style installations in nontraditional venues. Feminist Counterpoint concerts have included a standing room only performance at the 2018 New Music Gathering, an amplified recital in Times Square, a concert/workshop at Girls Rock Camp, and a two week West Coast tour. This year's solo shows feature works for viola and electronics at Symphony Space's Bar Thalia series, and music for viola with projections at Areté Gallery.

Kallie's 2018-2019 season includes performances and masterclasses as guest artist of the Arthur Russell Festival for Creative Music Making, traditional Cuban music concerts as guest violist of Toomai Quintet, and the release of Forrest Pierce's string trio for New Focus Recordings. Performances outside of NYC include a Pacific Northwest tour with Gyda Valtysdottir, workshops and residency at DePauw with ICE, and concerts with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Kallie is the violist of Osso String Quartet and a founding member of the Fair Trade Chamber Music Society. She appears often with Toomai String Quintet, Ensemble LPR, and the Fair Trade Trio. She was a member of New World Symphony, where she was co-principal violist under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas, and gave her solo debut as part of their John Cage festival. A creative and enthusiastic improvisor, Kallie also enjoys playing, singing, and recording non-classical music with artists such as Ben Folds, Norah Jones, Ray Lamontagne, Ambrose Akinmursire, Snarky Puppy, Andrea Bocelli, and Stevie Wonder. She has been featured on NPR twice, both as a soloist and chamber musician.

Kallie is a native of Portland, Maine and holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music studying with Karen Ritscher. In her spare time she is an ultralight long-distance backpacker, apartment gardener, and Citi Bike enthusiast."

-Kallie Sugatski Website (https://www.kallieviola.com/about)
2/28/2024

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"Following a recent solo performance, The Strad Magazine wrote about Christopher Gross: "The tone of Gross's cello enveloped the crowd [as he] showed energy and intonational accuracy, even when racing around the fingerboard." He is a founding member of the Talea Ensemble, which has appeared at major venues and festivals throughout the United States and Europe. He has also appeared as guest with ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Cygnus Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, Flux Quartet, and others. As a member of various ensembles he has appeared in recording on the Tzadik, Bridge, Albany, and New World labels. He is the founder of the project Cello Solos Today, which seeks to commission new contemporary works for intermediate cellists, and which recently received grants from New Music USA and the Juilliard Entrepreneurship Award (www.cellosolostoday.org). He is a lead Teaching Artist of the New York Philharmonic, and has given workshops and classes at Harvard University, Brooklyn College, and the University of Sydney (Australia). He is currently on faculty at Lehigh University and in 2016-17 will be the Theodore Horger Artist-in-Residence at the school. He recently received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard in New York."

-New York Philharmonic (https://nyphil.org/about-us/artists/chris-gross)
2/28/2024

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"Praised for his "dazzling performance" by the New York Times, violinist Ari Streisfeld has quickly established himself as a leader in contemporary classical music. In addition to his work with JACK, he frequently performs with today's leading contemporary music ensembles, including Ensemble Signal and Worldless Music Orchestra. Streisfeld is also a member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the performance and preservation of Jewish art music. Hailed as "imaginative" by the Los Angeles Times, Streisfeld's arrangements of madrigals and motets for string quartet by Machaut and Gesualdo have been performed to acclaim both at home and abroad. A recipient of the Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Streisfeld most recently premiered his arrangements for voice and violin at The Stone (New York) and the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy) alongside critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway. A passionate and committed music educator, Streisfeld serves on the faculty of New York's Special Music School, Face the Music, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music (Italy). As a soloist, he has performed with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra and the Northwestern Philharmonia. Streisfeld performed the Berg Violin Concerto with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra as winner of the 2006 Boston University Concerto Competition. Streisfeld attended the Eastman School of Music (Bachelor of Music), Northwestern University (Master of Music), and Boston University (Doctor of Musical Arts). He has recorded for Mode, Albany, Carrier, Innova, Canteloupe, and New World Records."

-Miller Theatre Website (http://www.millertheatre.com/explore/bios/ari-streisfeld1)
2/28/2024

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"Christopher Otto studied composition at the Eastman School of Music with Martin Bresnick, David Liptak, and Robert Morris. As a violinist, Christopher has premiered many compositions and worked with such composers as Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, and Steve Reich. Christopher has participated as composer and performer in such contemporary music festivals as the Lucerne Festival Academy, Internationale Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Karlheinz Stockhausen Courses, Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance at the Mannes College of Music, June in Buffalo, and Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Michoacán."

-Miller Theatre Website (http://www.millertheatre.com/explore/bios/christopher-otto)
2/28/2024

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"Called "wholesome-looking" by the New York Times, violist John Pickford Richards has gained a reputation for performing new and unusual music. Before playing in JACK, he was a founding member of the ensemble Alarm Will Sound, allowing him to work closely with composers such as John Adams, Meredith Monk, and Steve Reich at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Holland Festival. John has appeared with bands such as the All-American Rejects, Silversun Pickups, and Grizzly Bear and has performed as soloist with the Pasadena Symphony, Armenian Philharmonic, Wordless Music Orchestra, Ossia New Music, and with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra playing the solo part to Luciano Berio's Chemins II under the direction of Pierre Boulez. He holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy and Eastman School of Music where his primary teachers were David Holland and John Graham."

-Miller Theatre Website (http://www.millertheatre.com/explore/bios/john-pickford-richards)
2/28/2024

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"Kevin McFarland is a member of Ensemble Signal and has made guest appearances with Alarm Will Sound, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Wordless Music Orchestra. He also composes, with recent performances by mezzo-soprano Abby Fischer as part of her ABSYNTH project and by Hutchins Consort East with whom he also plays the tenor violin. He sometimes distributes electronic music under various monikers which are only quasi-secret. He is also active as a solo artist, both as interpreter of new works for solo cello as well as improviser. He made his solo cello and electronics debut at The Stone in 2014. Kevin holds a Bachelor's Degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied cello with Steven Doane and composition with David Liptak, Robert Morris, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. His article "Second-Generation Interpretation of Xenakis' String Quartets" can be found in Performing Xenakis published by Pendragon Press. He currently calls three places home: Brooklyn, NY is his home base; Lancaster, PA is his hometown; and Denver, CO is his home away from home with his partner and two dogs."

-Miller Theatre Website (http://www.millertheatre.com/explore/bios/kevin-mcfarland)
2/28/2024

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"Internationally recognized as a soloist as well as a chamber musician, Austro-Italian violinist Olivia De Prato has been described as "flamboyant...convincing" (New York Times) and an "enchanting violinist" (Messaggero Veneto, Italy). After recently moving to New York City she has quickly established herself as a passionate performer of contemporary and improvised music. Her chamber music activities include appearances at the Bang on a Can Marathon in NYC, the Lucerne Festival with Pierre Boulez, the Ensemble Modern Festival, "June in Buffalo" and the Ojai Festival with Steve Reich. Olivia is a member of the new music ensembles Signal directed by Brad Lubman and Victoire founded by composer Missy Mazzoli. Olivia has closely collaborated with composers such as Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Chaya Czernowin, Peter Eötvös, Michael Gordon, Helmut Lachenman, David Lang, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Todd Reynolds, Ned Rothenberg, Julia Wolfe, and Evan Ziporyn. Olivia studied at the University of Music and Arts in Vienna and received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music. She graduated with her M.M in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music."

-Mivos Quartet Website (https://www.mivosquartet.com/)
2/28/2024

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"Josh Modney is a violinist devoted to creative musicmaking. A "new-music luminary", "superb violinist" (The New York Times) and "multitasking virtuoso" (The New Yorker) hailed for "brash, energetic performances" (The New York Times), Josh has performed at festivals and concert series across four continents and presented hundreds of premieres.

Josh is violinist and Executive Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a unique collection of composers, improvisers, and interpreters committed to making adventurous music, and a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), "America's foremost new-music group" (Alex Ross). Josh performed internationally with the Mivos Quartet for 8 years, a vital new-music string quartet that he co-founded in 2008.

Josh has collaborated closely on new work with composers including Kate Soper, Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Andrew Greenwald and Rick Burkhardt, and worked with major figures including Kaija Saariaho, Mathias Spahlinger, Helmut Lachenmann, George Lewis, Christian Wolff, and Peter Ablinger.

As an improviser, Josh has performed with artists including Sam Pluta, Nate Wooley and Patrick Higgins (ZS), among others, and recently recorded "Engage", his debut album of original music for solo violin. Josh has a passion for large-scale performance projects, and has presented evening-length chamber works including Mathias Spahlinger's "extension", for violin and piano (with Wet Ink's Eric Wubbels) and Wolfgang Rihm's "Musik für Drei Streicher" (with ICE), as well as adventurous interpretations of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin informed by his work with Just Intonation.

Josh has recorded for Carrier Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Sound American Publications, hat[now]ART, Nonesuch, Ex Cathedra, and Tzadik Records. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M. in contemporary performance) and Ithaca College."

-Josh Modney Website (https://joshmodney.com/bio/)
2/28/2024

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"Victor Lowrie Tafoya is a versatile violist, improviser and composer. As a passionate advocate of new music, he has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and educator throughout the US, South America, Europe and Asia. Victor is a founding member of Mivos Quartet, and performs regularly with groups such as Ensemble Signal, Slee Sinfonietta and the Wet Ink Ensemble. He can be heard on recordings from Carrier, Kill Rock Stars, New Amsterdam, New Focus Recordings, and Tzadik Records. As a composer, Victor writes for soloists and chamber ensembles, combining a ever-evolving personal sense of melody and harmony with explorations into improvisation and electronics. He earned his Bachelor of Music Performance from San Francisco State University, and was in the inaugural graduating class of the Master in Contemporary Performance program from the Manhattan School of Music. Victor grew up on the idyllic central coast of California and currently based between New York City and Vienna with his wife and son."

-Victor Lowrie Tafoya Website (https://www.victorlowrietafoya.com/bio)
2/28/2024

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"Isabel Castellvi is a cellist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, and composer. As a versatile musician you can find her collaborating with musicians from around the globe. These collaborations span many genres, including world music inspired projects, indie rock bands, her own solo projects, free improvisation, performance art, western classical music, and music for dance and film. Isabel is grateful to share music all over the world through performances, recordings and teaching. Her musical travels have taken her throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Central and South America and the Middle East. These experiences continue to be a great source of inspiration, deepening her understanding of music's powerful ability to connect people and communities. She received a Bachelor's in music performance at DePaul University and a Master's in the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music. Isabel has studied North Indian Classical Music with renowned vocalist Rajyasree Ghosh in Kolkata, India and Falu Shah in New York City. She currently lives in Providence, RI."

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2/28/2024

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1. Lyric Montage 10:13

2. Angels Broken 09:20

3. Untitled (after Myung Soon Kim) 10:53

4. About Face 09:39

5. Night Sketches 11:43

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Amico, Agnese
Alalie
(zOaR Records)
Recorded live using the natural resonance of an apse in Giudecca, Venice, Sicilian-Norwegian contemporary & improvising violinist Agnese Amico performs on the Hardanger Fiddle, the traditional instrument of Norway that provides resonating strings under four violin strings, for 10 works inspired by historic popular songs while expressing a sensation of alalie.
Niblock, Phill
Working Touch [USB CARD]
(Touch)
A massive archive of drone & ambient composer Phill Niblock's films and music, from recordings made between 2013 and 2016 in festivals and studios around the world, orchestrated with primarily acoustic instruments using rich and closely related harmonics, paired with moving images of people from around the world engaged in work; hypnotic and engrossing.
Nilsson, Anders
Aventyr [VINYL]
(zOaR Records)
A impressive album of virtual guitar duos from Swedish-born and New York-based experimental guitarist Anders Nilsson, challenging himself to imagine playing the pieces as 4-handed piano music, or as performed on a kora, or by a string quartet, through three extended pieces that balance complex interaction with thoughtful beauty and instrospection; exceptional.
Ciao Ciao Cello
Quiero Ver A Ese Monstruo
(zOaR Records)
The Berlin-based trio of guitarist Beat Keller performing on feedbacker electric guitar & acoustic guitar, innovative tuba improviser Jack Adler-McKean and Spanish vocalist & performance artist Lorena Izquierdo Aparicio take on their monsters in five unique and disturbing improvisations recorded in the studio, as they "dance on the fine line between terror and joy".
Kirschner, Kenneth / Joseph Branciforte
From the Machine: Volume 1 [VINYL]
(Greyfade)
The first volume in an ongoing collaboration between composers Kenneth Kirschner and Joseph Branciforte, this work explores the application of software-based compositional techniques — including algorithmic processes, generative systems, and indeterminacy — performed in a superb ensemble including members of Flux Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble.
Sharp's, Elliott Terraplane
Century
(zOaR Records)
An unflinching look at life in post-Reconstruction America, commemorating the anniversary of Nancy Cunard's 1934 collection of African-American writings, poems, and song lyrics titled Negro: An Anthology, from Elliott Sharp's Terraplane, with vocalists Tracie Morris, Eric Mingus, Mikel Banks, and instrumentalist including Sharp, Dave Hofstra, recordings from Hubert Sumlin, &c.
Sharp, Elliot / Orchestra Carbon
Radiolaria
(zOaR Records)
An algorithmic composition for Elliott Sharp's Orchestra Carbon modeled on biological paradigms of growth and reproduction, recorded at Tonic in 2001 with a large ensemble of instrumentalists including Ned Rothenberg, Steve Swell, Jim Pugliese, Andy Laster, &c. and programmers and sampler performers including David Weinstein, R. Luke Dubois, and Zeena Parkins.
Chansons du Crepuscule (Helene Breschand / Elliott Sharp)
Aube
(zOaR Records)
A collection of original songs and interpretations inspired by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, from vocalist Hélène Breschand, also performing on harp, electronics & field recordings, in a duo with Elliott Sharp, who creates grooves and instrumental environments on guitar, synth, bass, drum programming & electronics, each song beautifully fractured and rich in detail.
Puntigam, Werner / Beat Keller / Georg Wilbertz
UND JA, AND YES
(zOaR Records)
Freely improvised, noisy chamber music performed on guitar, trombone, conch shell, drums & percussion from the trio of Swiss guitarist Beat Keller, Austrian trombonist Werner Puntigam and German drummer Georg Wilbertz, bridging genres while keeping a sense of free jazz as an implied basis, with a sly sense of humor and wonder through marvelous technique and timing.
Mitchell, Roscoe / Ostravaska Banda
Distant Radio Transmission
(Wide Hive)
"Distant Radio Transmission" was originally recorded as an improvisation by Roscoe Mitchell, Craig Taborn, and Kikanju Baku in 2013, then transcribed by Stephen P. Harvey in 2016, extended for strings by John Ivers in 2017, and then fully orchestrated by Roscoe Mitchell himself in 2017; the album also includes "Noonah Trio", "Cutouts for Woodwind Quintet" and "8/8/88".
Eisenstadt, Harris / Mivos Quartet
Whatever Will Happen That Will Also Be [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)
NY free jazz drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt brings his talents to the compositional world with this four movement suite performed by the Mivos Quartet of Olivia De Prato, Josh Modney, Victor Lowrie and Mariel Roberts, a creative composition blending melodic and textural approaches to the strings in a bold rendering of Eisenstandt's work.
Mincek, Alex
Torrent
(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records)
NY Composer and Zs founder Alex Mincek's first release since 2011 also launches Sound American's Young Composer Portrait series, presenting 4 chamber works--"Pendulum VII"; selected movements from "Harmonielehre"; "Pneuma"; and "Torrent"--performed by Wet Ink Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, and Yarn/Wire, in a deluxe hardcover book package with interviews and notes.
Rosenberger, Katharina
Texturen (2007 - 2011)
(Hat [now] ART)
"Texturen" for seven musicians and eight other works from composer Katharina Rosenberger, blending acoustics, electronics and voice in inventive ways, as performed by the NY Wet Ink Ensemble.
Braxton, Anthony and the Tri-Centric Orchestra
Trillium E [4 CDs]
(New Braxton House)
Newly Distributed in 2021: Trillium E is the first-ever studio recording of an Anthony Braxton opera, a deluxe 4-disc set of this surreal and witty installment in Braxton's ongoing Trillium cycle, and includes a booklet with libretto, photos, and critical essays.



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(pulsewidth)
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