Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.
Rob Moose, Violin and Guitar
Nadia Sirota, Viola
Gabriel Cabezas, Cello
Hideaki Aomori, Clarinets
Alex Sopp, Flutes
CJ Camerieri, Trumpet and Horn
Hailed by NPR's Fred Child as "one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music," yMusic is a collective of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap of the pop and classical worlds. The group's virtuosic execution and unique configuration (comprising string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high-profile collaborators--from Ben Folds to Dirty Projectors to José González--and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today's foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.
The 2016-2017 season--yMusic's most high-profile to date--features the group's Carnegie Hall debut; a groundbreaking collaborative album with composer Son Lux and producer Thomas Bartlett (also known as Doveman); and premieres of a half-dozen newly commissioned works, including a major new piece by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile's first instrumental composition written without his own performative element.
Other season highlights include European concert dates in collaboration with chanteuse Anohni (Antony and the Johnsons), as well as a developmental-film project in collaboration with choreographer Bill T. Jones and composer Marcos Balter; part documentary and part concert DVD, the film traces the events that led Mr. Jones out of retirement to dance in public for the first time in nine years.
Finally, capping off a little more than a season of touring with famed songwriter Ben Folds, yMusic and Mr. Folds are releasing a 10-inch, live-concert record that features song collaborations, favorite live improvisations, and chamber music. yMusic has released two full-length solo albums, Balance Problems (2014) and Beautiful Mechanical (2011); the latter was named Time Out New York's Classical Record of the Year.
In addition to performing its own repertoire, yMusic serves as a ready-made collaborative unit for bands and songwriters, having lent its distinctive sound to dozens of albums, most recently, Ben Folds's 2015 So There. Other recent collaborations include recordings and tours with José González, The Tallest Man on Earth, Dirty Projectors, The Staves, Bon Iver, and Blake Mills.