INTERPRETATION: SOLO & DUO
Josh’s work as soloist and duo partner encompasses a broad range: adventurous interpretations of J.S. Bach’s works for solo violin in Just Intonation, the performance of works from the Late 20th Century by major figures including Mathias Spahlinger, Bernard Parmegiani, Brian Ferneyhough and Luciano Berio, interdisciplinary performances involving theater and new technologies, improvisation, and collaborative efforts with composers.
IMPROVISATION & EVRLY MVSIC
Josh has improvised with musicians including Sam Pluta, Nate Wooley, and Ned Rothenberg, among others, and has a forthcoming release of improvised music for solo violin, “Engage” (release details pending). Josh recently released “EVRLY MVSIC”, a duo project of improvised music for violin and guitar with Patrick Higgins (ZS)
WET INK ENSEMBLE
The Wet Ink Ensemble is a New York-based new music ensemble with a 19-year history of outstanding achievement in the programming and presentation of contemporary music. Wet Ink’s performances have been lauded as “Dense, wild, yet artfully controlled” (The New York Times) and “sublimely exploratory” (The Chicago Reader). The group’s performance of Kate Soper’s “Ipsa Dixit” was hailed by The New Yorker’s Alex Ross as “Comprehensively astounding …. a twenty-first century masterpiece …. a ninety-minute tour de force in which ideas assume sound and form.”
Wet Ink has collaborated with a broad range of renowned artists, from Evan Parker to George Lewis, and is equally committed to promoting the works of young and underrepresented composers, from today’s most promising emerging voices to the next generation of artists. Wet Ink’s core ensemble is a septet of world class composers, improvisers, and interpreters that collaborate in band-like fashion, writing, improvising, preparing, and touring pieces together over long stretches of time. Wet Ink is Erin Lesser (flutes), Alex Mincek (saxophone), Ian Antonio (percussion), Eric Wubbels (piano), Josh Modney (violin), Kate Soper (voice) and Sam Pluta (electronics).
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE (ICE)
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.
A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, ICE was also named the 2014 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. The group currently serves as artists-in-residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. ICE has been featured at the Ojai Music Festival since 2015, and has appeared at festivals abroad such as Acht Brücken Cologne and Musica nova Helsinki. Other recent performance stages include the Park Avenue Armory, The Stone, ice floes at Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, and boats on the Amazon River.
New initiatives include OpenICE, made possible with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which offers free concerts and related programming wherever ICE performs, and enables a working process with composers to unfold in public settings. DigitICE catalogues the ensemble’s performances in a free online streaming video library. ICE’s First Page program is a commissioning consortium that fosters close collaborations between performers, composers, and listeners as new music is developed. EntICE, a side-by-side youth program, places ICE musicians within youth orchestras as they premiere new commissioned works together. Inaugural EntICE partners include Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and The People’s Music School in Chicago. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.