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Wet Ink Ensemble

New York, NY            

Wet Ink is proud to celebrate 20 years of adventurous music-making in NYC and around the world with the 2018-19 concert season. The 20th Anniversary Season highlights the ethos of innovation through collaboration that has guided the work of Wet Ink throughout the ensemble’s history, celebrating the music and the unique performance practice developed in the “band” atmosphere of Wet Ink’s core septet of composer-performers, and presenting exciting new projects with emerging and underrepresented artists and longtime collaborators.

Since the group’s first concerts in 1998, Wet Ink has moved fluently along a continuum of composition, improvisation, and interpretation, from early collaborations with Christian Wolff, George Lewis, and ZS to pioneering portrait concerts of Peter Ablinger, Mathias Spahlinger, Anthony Braxton, and the AACM composers, and deep, long-term collaborative work by members of Wet Ink.

In that same spirit, Season 20 showcases the many facets of the group’s work – Fall 2018 highlights include a retrospective look at “classics” of Wet Ink’s repertoire and new projects by Sky Macklay, Rick Burkhardt, and Wet Ink’s four acclaimed composer-members (Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Kate Soper, and Eric Wubbels); the release of Wet Ink: 20 on Carrier Records, the debut album featuring the 28 musicians of the Wet Ink Large Ensemble; the release of Josh Modney’s Engage on New Focus Recordings, “one of the most intriguing programs of the year” (The New York Times) and the release of Kate Soper’s IPSA DIXIT on New World Records (and performance on Miller Theatre at Columbia University’s Composer Portrait: Kate Soper); and new collaborations with renowned creative musicians Darius Jones, Peter Evans (Being & Becoming), Charmaine Lee, Cory Smythe, and many others.

Wet Ink is co-directed by a core 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. These directors are Erin Lesser (flutes), Alex Mincek (saxophone), Ian Antonio (percussion), Eric Wubbels (piano), Josh Modney (violin), Kate Soper (voice), and Sam Pluta (electronics). The Wet Ink Large Ensemble is a group of extraordinary New York City musicians that come together to play the world’s most exciting and innovative music.

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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Charmaine Lee: Smoke, Airs (2018)

Wet Ink performs with renowned creative musicians Charmaine Lee, Peter Evans, Darius Jones, and Ingrid Laubrock.

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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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