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Hailed by NPR’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Since their inception in 2008, yMusic has striven to bring a classical chamber music aesthetic to venues outside the traditional concert hall. While classically-trained at the highest level, holding degrees from Juilliard, Curtis, and the Manhattan School of Music, yMusic’s particular strength lies in each of its players bringing to the group diverse and intimate knowledge of wide-ranging musical idioms, from jazz to rock to microtonal to modernism. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration has attracted high profile collaborators—from Dirty Projectors to Ben Folds—and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, and Timo Andres.

yMusic is deeply committed to the creation and translation of new, vibrant scores for a wide audience. Since the group’s instrumentation was inspired by friendship and musical admiration instead of, say, pragmatism, yMusic only performs works and arrangements created specifically for the ensemble. To that end, yMusic is always looking to expand its repertoire by working with new collaborators. This Fall, yMusic partnered with choreographers Bill T Jones and Dianne McIntyre and New York Live Arts on a four-event residency, culminating in the creation of two 25-minute solo dance works to a new score by composer Marcos Balter. Thus far this 2015-16 season, yMusic has commissioned and premiered 6 new concert works, with another half-dozen waiting in the wings.  The ensemble’s collaboration with bands songwriters gives it a breadth of audience often unseen for contemporary ensembles, making their mission to expand audiences for classical music attainable and effective.

The members of yMusic are artistic and community leaders in their fields, and include the host of Q2 music’s podcast Meet the Composer, Grammy-winning members of the band Bon Iver, the newest member of Paul Simon’s band, a much-feted arranger and the music director for Antony and the Johnsons, a frequent performer with the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, a concerto soloist with most of the major US Symphonies, and a lauded Jazz soloist and educator who has collaborated Michael Philip Mossman, Ambrose Akinmusire, and the late Sir Roland Hanna.

Son Lux — Beautiful Mechanical

yMusic recorded Son Lux’s Beautiful Mechanical LIVE in Second Inversion’s Washington studios, 9/14/15

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Music in Circles

The official video for Andrew Norman’s Music in Circles, from yMusic’s most recent album, Balance Problems. Filmed and edited by Jason Harper.

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Mark Dancigers — Everness

yMusic recorded Mark Dancigers’ Everness LIVE in Second Inversion’s Washington studios, 9/14/15

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