This event has been cancelled due to COVID.


PARALLEL PRINTS is a loose collection of fragile rhythm fragments that are carefully re-enacted in performance by Yarn/Wire. Its instrumentation is open and remains subject to constant reinterpretation by the ensemble. The origin of the work is an algorithmic graphic score (generated with software) containing sets of shaded color bars which the musicians are asked to realize through dynamics and timbre on a single set of pitches. “Parallel” refers to the fact that all musicians are synchronistically following the same independent directions, choosing their patterns, without knowing what the others might play. “Print” suggests that the human realization of the generative digital patterns resembles the process of printing a pattern physically on paper, with ink, with each generation losing some of its original information. PARALLEL PRINTS is the result of a longstanding collaboration between Yarn/Wire and previously Providence-based composer Marcel Zaes who is now starting his new position at SUSTech School of Design in Shenzhen, China – this concert thus symbolically marks the conclusion of Zaes’ US residency. For the visual complement, Zaes has collaborated with artist Eli Backer who has crafted a durational video installation from footage that she shot across rural Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana in the latter half of 2021.

The production of PARALLEL PRINTS is supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council, and the Department of Music at Brown University.

On January 7, 2022 Editions Verde is publishing PARALLEL PRINTS (CD/digital) as the 4th release in their “Seeing the Forest in a Tree” series. See

Yarn/Wire is a New York-based quartet dedicated to the promotion of creative, experimental new music. Described by The Brooklyn Rail as “fascinating and exciting, with playing that is precise and full of purpose,” the ensemble is admired globally for the energy and precision it brings to performances of today’s most adventurous compositions. Founded in 2005, the ensemble seeks to expand the representation of composers so that it might begin to better reflect our communities and experience new creative potential.

Yarn/Wire appears internationally at prominent festivals and venues including the Lincoln Center Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Rainy Days Festival (Luxembourg), Ultima Festival (Norway), Transit Festival (Belgium), Dublin SoundLab, Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), Contempuls Festival (Prague), Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York’s Miller Theatre at Columbia University, River-to-River Festival, La MaMa Theatre, Festival of New American Music, and London’s Barbican Centre. Their numerous commissions include works from composers such as Enno Poppe, Michael Gordon, George Lewis, Ann Cleare, Raphaël Cendo, Peter Evans, Alex Mincek, Thomas Meadowcroft, Misato Mochizuki, Tristan Murail, Sam Pluta, Tyondai Braxton, Kate Soper, and Øyvind Torvund. The ensemble enjoys collaborations with genre-bending artists such as Tristan Perich, Ben Vida, Mark Fell, Sufjan Stevens, and Pete Swanson. For more information, visit