Kate Soper’s “Cipher” published on PSNY

Kate and Josh performing "Cipher" about two years ago at Issue Project Room

Kate and Josh performing “Cipher” about two years ago at Issue Project Room

I am very excited that Kate Soper’s “Cipher” for soprano and violin has been published and is now available through Project Schott New York.  Now you can order/download the score and view a video performance on the PSNY website.   I had the honor of working with Kate for the better part of a year during the compositional process, and am very proud to see the piece taking flight!  Looking forward to performing it with Kate this spring at Smith College, and to some more performances in the works for next season.

Next Up: “TED” Project & “Children of fire…” Recording Sessions

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Wet Ink: Violin and Piano - getting into some music by Burkhardt and Wubbels this week.

Wet Ink: Violin and Piano – getting into some music by Burkhardt and Wubbels this week.

Looking forward to a week of amazing projects surrounding Thanksgiving, rehearsing and recording some of my all-time favorite music.  Headed to Cambridge on Tuesday for the first part of a class at Harvard where I will be rehearsing and performing a new work, “TED”, by Rick Burkhardt (with Eric Wubbels on piano).  The class gives students a view into the process of creating new musical work, a wonderful concept!  And this piece is going to be a memorable one – a contemporary violin/piano duet combined with a TED Talk and chanted pseudo-folklore.

After that, honored to be committing Eric Wubbels’ incredible duo for violin and piano to record at Patrick Higgins’ beautiful Future-Past Studios in Hudson, NY. We will be recording to tape in an acoustically impeccable space on a vintage piano over several days. The final product will eventually be released on vinyl on Carrier Records.  Can’t wait to get started!


Next Up: Zürich Tage für Neue Musik

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2013 Zürich TFNM: featuring Joshua Modney, Eric Wubbels, and Sam Pluta of Wet Ink Ensemble, plus Rick Burkhardt, Adam Mirza, and Katharina Rosenberger.

I am honored to be part of this year’s Zürich Tage für Neue Musik, performing one of my favorite works by composer-in-residence Sam Pluta, Portraits/Self Portraits for amplified violin and ensemble. The program also includes works by some incredible artists and great friends from NYC! Some details below, plus more at www.tfnm.ch

Zürich Tage für Neue Musik

Ensemble Arc-en-Ciel
Joshua Modney, violin soloist

November 16, 2013 | 6:00pm
Theater Ribiglick
Zürich, Switzerland

Sam Pluta: Selbstportrait mit Peter Ablinger (2011)
Adam Mirza: Partial Knowledge (Situational Ethics) (2010)
Katharina Rosenberger: parcours III (2008/2011)
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Eric Wubbels: beata viscera (2008)
Sam Pluta: Portraits / Self Portraits (2011)
I) Jim Altieri with a Ring Modulator Circuit
II) Peter Evans with Analysis/Resynthesis and other Live-Processing Techniques

Mivos Fall Tour Wrap-up

Prepping for Wien Modern with Helmut Lachenmann.

Prepping for Wien Modern with Helmut Lachenmann.

Just getting ready to wrap an exciting tour with Mivos Quartet with our final concert in Mannheim, Germany on Wednesday.  Last night we performed for the Wien Modern festival to a full house at the Alte Schmiede art space, including works by Ansgar Beste and Helmut Lachenmann, plus a fantastic premiere by Mark Barden, commissioned by Wien Modern on behalf of Mivos.  Really excited to repeat Mark’s piece in Mannheim and then again in NYC on December 19th @ DiMenna Center for our Mivos album release concert.

Our tour brought us around the world, with stops in Shanghai (Shanghai Conservatory New Music Week), Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto.  Amazing to play our repertoire at so many different places, and to be met with such enthusiasm and openness!

Wet Ink & Mivos Upcoming Performances


Really stoked to be kicking off the year with these performances with Wet Ink and Mivos Quartet!


Wet Ink Ensemble

Wet Ink Collaborations Series Part 1

Wet Ink Ensemble + Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet

September 30th, 2013 | 8:00pm
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
$20 general | $15 Roulette members, students, seniors 

Wet Ink teams up with legendary British saxophonist Evan Parker to present an evening of music that draws connections between recent trends in composed and improvised, acoustic and electronic, American and European musics. Wet Ink Ensemble will present works by Austrian experimental composer and sound artist Peter Ablinger, as well as a large ensemble version of Anthony Braxton’s Composition 227, joined by a roster of all- star guests.



Wet Ink Collaborations Series Part 2 

Wet Ink Ensemble + Mivos Quartet + Yarn|Wire

October 1st, 2013 | 8:00pm St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea 346 West 20th Street New York, NY 10011
$10 general | free for students 

Wet Ink concludes its series with a program of ongoing collaborations with adventurous New York City ensembles Yarn/Wire and Mivos Quartet in a unique triple-ensemble concert.

Kicking things off, Yarn|Wire along with Wet Ink Ensemble members Alex Mincek and Sam Pluta will showcase recent works by composers Eric Wubbels and Peter Evans.

Mivos Quartet will then present a program including David Brynjar Franzson’s haunting on Repetition and Reappearances, which will be released on Mivos’ first solo album on Carrier Records this November. The American premiere of Sam Pluta’s Chain Reactions/Five Events for string quartet and live electronics, commissioned by the Lucerne Festival, will follow. This work is the product of a long collaboration between Mivos and Sam Pluta, and was first performed in Lucerne, Switzerland in August 2013. 


Mivos Quartet

Patrick Higgins Album Release w/ Mivos Quartet and Buke & Gase

October 4th – 7:00pm

Le Poisson Rouge158 Bleecker st.

New York, NY 10012


Record release concert for Patrick Higgins’ Double LP String Quartet No.2 + Glacia.  Mivos will perform a new collaborative set with Higgins, plus Mario Diaz de Leon’s Moonblood.  Plus I am performing a Glacia duo set with Patrick on guitar and electronics.  Closing set by Buke and Gase, expert purveyors of handbuilt instruments and art-pop.

details and tickets

Matt Hough’s ffffffffffffffff


Happy to see that this video of Matt Hough’s recent solo violin piece has made it onto the web. This is from the premiere in October 2012 at the Music at First series in Brooklyn Heights. The piece uses distortion and compression to magnify the difference tones of justly tuned diads on the violin. The result is continuous “triadic harmony”, which is mapped rhythmically to text and performed at blistering volume. Really looking forward to more performances next season!