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Wet Ink Ensemble

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The Wet Ink Ensemble is a unique collection of composers, performers and improvisers committed to making adventurous new music. With a 16-year history of outstanding programming and performance, Wet Ink has earned an international reputation as one of the most innovative and virtuosic ensembles working today.

Wet Ink most commonly performs as a septet comprised of a core group of composer-performers that collaborate in a band-like fashion, writing, preparing, and touring pieces together over long stretches of time. This approach has led to an incomparable body of work, marked by a keenly developed performance practice, played in concert with ferocity, commitment, and expressivity.

A consistent advocate for young musicians, Wet Ink has commissioned, premiered and recorded numerous works by emerging composers. The group has also collaborated with a wide range of highly-renowned artists including George Lewis, Evan Parker, Christian Wolff, and the AACM, and has introduced NYC audiences to major European figures including Peter Ablinger, Mathias Spahlinger, and Beat Furrer.

Wet Ink takes a multifaceted approach to the presentation and promotion of adventurous music. The group regularly functions as The Wet Ink Large Ensemble, a flexible roster of over twenty NYC-based soloists dedicated to ambitious, large-scale projects. This season’s Large Ensemble highlights include a portrait concert of Anthony Braxton’s music at National Sawdust in NYC (Review in The New York Times), and the inaugural Large Ensemble Readings Project – an exciting initiative which provides 3 emerging composers the opportunity to work closely with Wet Ink on music for large instrumental forces.

Wet Ink’s seven co-directors are passionate educators. The ensemble has been engaged in residencies at Duke University, Columbia University, Amherst College, Northern Illinois University, UC San Diego, Sacramento State University, UC Davis, Hochschule Luzern (Switzerland), Hannover Musik Hochschule (Germany), the Royal Academy of Music (UK), Smith College, the Walden School, and at the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (Miller Theater, NYC), among others. Wet Ink also regularly performs in Europe, including recent concert highlights at the Con Voce festival (Lucerne, Switzerland), the Sinus Ton festival (Magdeburg, Germany), and Café OTO (London, UK).

Wet Ink has an extensive discography. The group’s recording of Katharina Rosenberger’s Texturen was selected by the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and The Wire magazine as one of the best releases of 2012. Wet Ink recently released its second solo album, Relay, which was recorded during a residency at EMPAC.

The 2016-17 season promises to be Wet Ink’s most ambitious to date, with a focus on large-scale projects including a 2-night mini-festival of adventurous works for large ensemble, the Wet Ink Large Ensemble’s debut album release of works by American composers, the 2nd Annual Large Ensemble Readings, and new, evening-length works for chamber ensemble by Kate Soper and Sam Pluta, as well as a full lineup of chamber concerts featuring an international roster of composers including Erin Gee, Bryn Harrison, and many more.

Alex Mincek: Color-Form-Line

Excerpt of Alex Mincek’s “Color-Form-Line” from Wet Ink’s 2015 Winter Chamber Concert at St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea. Performed by Wet Ink Ensemble (Erin Lesser, Alex Mincek, Josh Modney, Kate Soper, Eric Wubbels & Ian Antonio) with special guest saxophonist Ryan Muncy.

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Kate Soper: Poetics, from “Ipsa Dixit”

Wet Ink performing Kate Soper’s “Poetics” from “Ipsa Dixit”, an evening-length work of theatrical chamber music that explores the intersections of music, language, and meaning through blistering ensemble virtuosity and extended vocal technique. Live at New Music New College (Sarasota, FL), featuring Erin Lesser (flutes), Kate Soper (voice), Josh Modney (violin) and Ian Antonio (percussion).

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Anthony Braxton: Composition No. 58 & 116

The Wet Ink Large Ensemble performs Anthony Braxton at National Sawdust in NYC on January 16th, 2016. The pieces represented here are:

Composition No. 58, for creative marching orchestra (excerpt) & Composition No. 116, for four musicians (begins at 4:10)

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