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Yarn/Wire

Ridgewood, NY               

Yarn/Wire is a New York-based percussion and piano quartet (Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg, percussion / Laura Barger and Ning Yu, pianos). Noted for its “spellbinding virtuosity” (TimeOut NY) and “mesmerizing” performances (New York Times) the ensemble is admired for the energy and precision it brings to performances of today’s most adventurous music.

Yarn/Wire is a multi-faceted performing arts and educational organization that has been producing innovative and thought provoking programs for over fourteen years. It 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 ongoing series, Yarn/Wire/Currents, serves as an incubator for new experimental music in partnership with Brooklyn-based arts organization Blank Forms. 

Since its founding in 2005, Yarn/Wire has been dedicated to the promotion of creative, experimental new music in the US and abroad. We are devoted to expanding the representation of works by women, gender non-conforming and underrepresented groups. Our efforts as an ensemble and organization have been recognized through receipt of many foundation and government grants and prizes in addition to an active performance calendar. In 2016, we won first prize in the open category as part of the inaugural M-Prize competition at the University of Michigan. We have also been honored by Stony Brook University as one of its “40 under 40”alumni who are leaders in their field.

Yarn/Wire is the only ensemble in New York City, and one of only a handful in the world, with a permanent instrumentation of two pianists and two percussionists. Our instrumentation and membership has set us apart in a few ways – it has also allowed for genre flexibility not found with other ensembles since we can engage with current technologies (through keyboards, and percussion electronics), and because we are a stable membership (rather than freelance) we are able to pursue projects that are open-ended and even improvisatory in nature. Our rehearsal structure enables deep engagement with new music and the working process – as a result, our performances are consistently high quality regardless of the musical material. As one audience member put it – “I never know what I’m going to hear at a Yarn/Wire event, but I know it will be amazing”. We are a stellar example of a path-breaking innovative leader in the field despite our size, and work to make the process of new musical creation accessible and relevant to new communities. 

Since 2016, the quartet has run the Yarn/Wire Institute at Stony Brook University, a summer festival for composers and performers interested in exploring the collaborative side of contemporary music.Through this 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.

For more information, please visit http://www.yarnwire.org

David Bird’s “Mediums”

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Ann Cleare’s “I should live in wires for leaving you behind”

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Sam Pluta’s “Seven Systems”

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