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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. The ensemble will perform Katherine Young’s installation-composition BIOMES 4.1, as well as a new work by Marcel Zaes, Parallel Prints.

Yarn/Wire

Yarn/Wire is a New York-based percussion and piano quartet (Sae Hashimoto and Russell Greenberg, percussion; Laura Barger and Ning Yu, pianos) dedicated to the promotion of creative, experimental new music. Pianist Julia Den Boer will join as guest artist for the 2021-2022 season. 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.

Through the Yarn/Wire International Institute and Festival and other educational residencies and outreach programs, Yarn/Wire works to promote not only the present but also the future of new music in the United States. Their ongoing commissioning series, Yarn/Wire/Currents, serves as an incubator for new experimental music.

Yarn/Wire has recorded for the WERGO, Northern Spy, Distributed Objects, Black Truffle, Populist, and Carrier record labels in addition to maintaining their own imprint. For more information, please visit yarnwire.org.

Katherine Young

The curious timbres, expressive noises, and kinetic structures of Katherine Young’s electroacoustic music explore the dramatic physicality of sound, shifting interpersonal dynamics, and associations with the familiar and the strange. Collaboration - and surprise! - are central to her practice. The LAPhil, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Spektral Quartet, Weston Olencki, Fonema Consort, and others have commissioned her music. She has also worked closely with Wet Ink, Ensemble Nikel, WasteLAnd and RAGE Thormbones, Distractfold Ensemble’s Linda Jankowska, Callithumpian Ensemble, Lucy Dehgrae, Yarn/Wire, and Till by Turning. Her 8-channel outdoor sound installation, Resonance and the Inhibition of, was exhibited as part of the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art’s Chicago Sound Show in fall 2019. She is thrilled to be a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition.

As a bassoonist and improviser, Young amplifies her instrument and employs a flexible electronics setup. She performs often as a soloist, and her debut solo album garnered praise in The Wire (“Bassoon colossus”) and Downbeat (“seriously bold leaps for the bassoon”). She also regularly performs in ad hoc improvised groups and with projects such as Beautifulish (duo with Sam Scranton) and Architeuthis Walks on Land (duo with Amy Cimini). She has documented her work on numerous recordings, including her quartet Pretty Monsters self-titled debut, a duo recording with Anthony Braxton, and the multi-movement work Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight (Parlour Tapes+), created with violinist Austin Wulliman of the JACK Quartet. As a scholar, Young researches the incorporation of idiosyncratic electronics and improvisation in contemporary notated music. She has written about Anthony Braxton’s operatic work, in particular.

Before joining the faculty of Emory University in 2020, Young taught composition, electronic music, and improvisation at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Berklee College of Music. She has deep ties to Chicago’s creative music communities, having lived and made music there for many significant years. She is now based in Atlanta. For more information, please visit: https://katherineyoung.info/.

Marcel Zaes

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.

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