Wet Ink Wraps Recording at EMPAC

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Wet Ink Touring Ensemble

I recently had the amazing experience of recording an album with Wet Ink at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy, NY.  We had a weeklong residency with round-the-clock access to EMPAC’s amazing facilities.  We recorded recent works for our touring septet by Sam Pluta, Eric Wubbels, Alex Mincek, Rick Burkhardt, and George Lewis, plus Kate Soper did an audio and video recording of her duo, “The Words Themselves Mean Only What They Say” with flutist Erin Lesser.

The experience of recording in the world-class facilities at EMPAC were matched only by the incredible hospitality of the EMPAC engineers and staff, we are all very grateful for the opportunity!

Look for the album on Carrier Records during the 2012-13 concert season.

Mivos European Tour Wrap-Up

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Mivos Quartet

We are happy to report that our European summer tour was a great success! We started our tour at the Aldeburgh Festival in England, where we spent a week working on Lachenmann’s String Quartet No. 3 “Grido” with the Arditti Quartet and the composer himself.  We also performed pieces by Marcos Balter and the “Kanter/Mivos quartet Competition” winner 2011: Felipe Lara. From there we went to Vienna for a week, where we collaborated with the composer/turntablist Jorge Sanchez-Chiong and the guitarist/electronic musician Martin Siewert. We premiered a new piece with them and performed our own set at the lovely Vienna venue Echoraum. Our next stop was Düsseldorf, performing twice at theAsphalt Festival. We gave the European premiere of Bojan Vuletic’s quintet for trumpet and string quartet with the fantastic Nate Wooley, and the world premiere of Vuletic’s string quartet Unschärfe. Our final stop was the Darmstadt International Summer Courses. We spent two intense weeks working on projects with Lucas FelsUli Fussenegger and Marino Formenti. All in all we had three concerts, a Lachenmann performance/lecture, and a composer reading session. After all that work, we were awarded a Fellowship Award for Interpretation, which means we’ll be headed back to Darmstadt in 2014 with direct support from the festival! A very big thank you to everyone who helped us get to Europe this summer!

Mivos Welcomes Mariel Roberts, Cello

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Mivos Quartet (photo by Ralf Puder & Nana Franck)

After four great years of building Mivos together, our founding cellist Isabel Castellvi made the difficult choice to leave the quartet in order to fully pursue her other projects. While we are sad to see her leave, we have no doubt that she’ll excel in her musical endeavors and wish her all the best!
We are fortunate to have found an amazing new cellist for the quartet, Mariel Roberts.  Many of you know her already as a very distinguished performer in the New York scene. She had quite an intense introduction, stepping in very late to join us on the European tour. The tour went very well and Mariel is a perfect new addition to the group. We’ll be holding a welcoming party/fundraiser for her on September 16th, graciously hosted by Spectrum NYC. Details for that event will follow shortly. We hope to see you there.

Tonight! 4/14, Eric Wubbels premiere with Wet Ink

News, Shows

We have a terrific Wet Ink Ensemble concert line up for Saturday night @ St. Peters Chelsea, featuring large ensemble works by Beat Furrer, Kate Soper, and John Cage.  I’m especially excited about the premiere of Eric Wubbels’ new duo for violin and piano, which he and I have been working together on for the past three or four months.  It’s a big, tough, and beautiful piece, can’t wait to take it out!

Wet Ink @ St. Peters Chelsea

April 14, 2012, 8pm

$10

Tonight, 4/13: Mivos @ BEA

News, Shows

Come out to Mivos Quartet tonight!  We’re presenting Felipe Lara’s gripping work, Corde Vocale, along with works by Rihm, Kurtag, Marcos Balter and more.  Felipe is the winner of the first annual Kanter/Mivos String Quartet Composition Prize.

April 13, 2012

Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (240 E 52nd St)

$15

 

 

Tomorrow: Eric Wubbels premiere w/ Wet Ink

News, Shows

We have a terrific Wet Ink Ensemble concert line up for Saturday night @ St. Peters Chelsea, featuring large ensemble works by Beat Furrer, Kate Soper, and John Cage.  I’m especially excited about the premiere of Eric Wubbels’ new duo for violin and piano, which he and I have been working together on for the past three or four months.  It’s a big, tough, and beautiful piece, can’t wait to take it out!

Wet Ink @ St. Peters Chelsea

April 14, 2012, 8pm

$10

You, My Mother in the NY Post!

Concert Reviews, News, Shows

Griffith, Mikos, Modney, Soper as pictured in NY Post

You, My Mother got a terrific review today in the NY Post, “It’s mom-entously original.”  Especially proud of this shout-out:

‘The piece closed with violinist Joshua Modney, who scraped and battered the strings as he stammered a eulogy for “complicated” mothers everywhere: “On the one hand, you wore blue eye shadow and short shorts… on the other hand, you were a human-rights activist.”’

Please read the full review here.

Still *six* more chances to see this show (2/16 – 2/20), please check out my performance calendar or the Two Headed Calf website for details.

You, My Mother is up and running

Concert Reviews, News, Shows

Beth Griffith, Laryssa Husiak, Mike Mikos, Joshua Modney, Mariel Roberts

Very excited to be joining Yarn/Wire (+ Mariel Roberts, cello) and Theater of the Two Headed Calf for a premiere run of operas by Rick Burkhardt and Brendan Connelly.  The show is up this week through Feb 20, please see my performance calendar or click here for details.  We already got some nice feedback from the Village Voice after opening night.

I’m especially excited to be taking a spoken text + violin solo by Rick Burkhardt up and about with the actors on stage (pictured above).

This is captivating new work, I’m really looking forward to our remaining performances!