Sam Pluta: Portraits / Self-Portraits
for violin soloist and ensemble

Josh Modney, violin solo

Wet Ink Ensemble
Festival of Adventurous Music for Large Ensemble at St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea (NYC)
June 2017


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Josh Modney & Patrick Higgins
NNA Tapes

“Stunning… the engagement with timbre and texture is out of this world.”
-Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily

“Baroque grandiosity… with a modern tension and heaviness… that resonate with the times we live in”
–BBC Radio

“clairvoyant connection and sheer instrumental prowess”
–The Quietus

EVRLY MVSIC presents an incredibly original fusion between ancient European musical history and distinctly American experimentalism, hinged on the nexus between improvisation and chamber music, and fueled by a deeply personal musical alliance.

Order on tape and digital HERE
Stream the album on The Wire.
Read a review of the album on Bandcamp Daily.

Josh Modney featured in new albums by Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels & Sam Pluta
Carrier Records | Sound American Publications

Proud to be featured on new releases by extraordinary Wet Ink colleagues Sam Pluta (“Broken Symmetries”, Carrier Records), Eric Wubbels (“being time”, Carrier Records), and Alex Mincek (“Torrent”, Sound American).

Alex Mincek’s “Torrent”, featuring “Harmonielehre”, an ongoing series of violin/piano duos written for Josh Modney and Eric Wubbels, recognized as one of The 25 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2017 (The New York Times, The Best Albums of 2017 (The Nation) and The Best Contemporary Classical Albums of 2017 (Bandcamp Daily).

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A recent profile of Josh in the “Greenroom”, a blog series focused on the work of composers published by PSNY. Please read HERE


josh_violin_evrly_mvsic_smallerJosh 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.

As violinist and Executive Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble and a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), 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. Josh performed internationally with the Mivos Quartet for 8 years, a vital new-music string quartet that he co-founded in 2008.

As an improviser, Josh has performed with artists including Sam Pluta, Nate Wooley and Patrick Higgins (ZS), and recently recorded “Engage”, his debut album of original music for solo violin. Josh’s critically acclaimed release of improvised chamber music for violin and guitar on NNA tapes, “EVRLY MVSIC” (with Patrick Higgins) was praised for its “Baroque grandiosity… with a modern tension and heaviness… that resonate with the times we live in” (BBC Radio) and “clairvoyant connection and sheer instrumental prowess” (The Quietus).

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.