Wet Ink launches the 20th Anniversary season with a concert celebrating two album releases - Wet Ink:20, a 2-disc album featuring the Wet Ink Large Ensemble (Carrier Records) & Josh Modney: Engage, Modney's 3-disc debut solo violin album (New Focus Recordings), “one of the most intriguing programs of the year” - Seth Colter Walls, The New York Times
The concert will feature works by longtime Wet Ink collaborators Rick Burkhardt and Sky Macklay, performed by Wet Ink's core septet of composer-performers, alongside works by Wet Ink members Eric Wubbels ("the children of fire come looking for fire", for violin and piano) and Kate Soper, in the NYC premiere of her new solo work The Fragments of Parmenides, with Soper herself on piano and vocals. The concert will also feature the debut of Josh Modney's Engage Quintet, a new collaboration that recontextualizes Modney's Violin Solos from the Engage album in an ensemble setting with renowned creative musicans Cory Smythe (piano), Charmaine Lee (voice), Sam Pluta (electronics) and Ian Antonio (percussion).
Wet Ink is thrilled to join Kate Soper for her debut on the Miller Theatre at Columbia University Composer Portraits series in this fully staged production of IPSA DIXIT, directed by Ashley Tata. Composer/performer/writer Kate Soper's IPSA DIXIT is a genre-defying work of chamber music theatre that explores music, language, and meaning through blistering ensemble virtuosity and extended vocal technique. Developed over six years of collaboration with the Wet Ink Ensemble, IPSA DIXIT uses elements of monodrama, Greek tragedy, and performance art to skewer the treachery of language and the questionable authenticity of artistic expression. IPSA DIXIT was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in music.
This concert will also celebrate the CD release of IPSA DIXIT on New World Records (the album will be available on October 5, 2018), featuring liner notes by Steve Smith.Praise for IPSA DIXIT:
Wet Ink is pleased to be a part of FOR, the first evening of the FOR/WITH Festival, organized by trumpeter/composer/writer Nate Wooley, at ISSUE Project Room. Members of the Wet Ink Large Ensemble will present the U.S. Premiere of Catherine Lamb's Prisma Interius VII.
Previously staged in London at Cafe Oto in March 2018, Lamb's work is the most recent development of a series of pieces constructed around the Secondary Rainbow Synthesizer, an instrument—in development with Bryan Eubanks—that spectrally filters a live sound input of the outer atmosphere to the listening space within which the the performance piece is situated. In this iteration, the piece is staged with violin, clarinet, guitar, cello, and the Secondary Rainbow Synthesizer.
For The People is a collection of compositions by Darius Jones, in collaboration with The Wet Ink Large Ensemble, that expresses the many reasons why American citizens should vote in this year’s November Congressional election. As artists, we have the power to inform, inspire, and empower our community to action.
Inspired by the idea of America as an experiment, Jones needed a compositional strategy that would be flexible, and due to of the experimentalism, improvisation, ensemble interaction, and theatricality inherent to the structure, writing game pieces was a natural choice. He created a scenario where participants must follow the rules of the piece while simultaneously giving their unique perspective: an important aspect that reflects American culture as a culmination of multiple opposing perspectives. There is never only one viewpoint. There is no dictator. We all have a voice.
The evening includes the world premiere of A Child Caged in Ice, followed by the second performance ever of America The Joke. Jones closes the evening with the return of LawNOrder (pronounced “law no order”), a 45-minute game piece dealing with social justice and American history. Each player represents a separate character (unknown to the other players) and is handed a law to follow at the beginning of the piece.
Wet Ink teams up with renowned trumpeter/composer and longtime collaborator Peter Evans for an evening of sonic adventure for large ensemble. The concert will feature a new set of music by Peter Evans with 12 musicians from Wet Ink and Being & Becoming (Joel Ross, vibes; Nick Jozwiack, bass and cello; Savannah Grace Harris, drums; PE, trumpet), with special guests Mazz Swift (violin) and Levy Lorenzo (percussion).
The evening also feature Wet Ink flutist Erin Lesser performing Sam Pluta's Delay Line for solo flute and electronics, and the world premiere of a new work by Alex Mincek written for a sextet of Wet Ink musicians.