During the 2012-13 season, the Wet Ink Ensemble released two new albums that showcase the group’s unique brand of ensemble virtuosity and penchant for sonic exploration.
“TEXTUREN,” a portrait CD of L.A.-based composer Katharina Rosenberger was released by hatART, the iconic Swiss label for avant-garde music, and was recognized in The WIRE as one of the year’s best contemporary music releases in addition to garnering a prestigious German Record Critic’s Associations Prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Wet Ink’s performances were praised in the Swiss press as “fantastic…combining striking stylistic and aesthetic assurance with technical perfection.” (Torsten Möller, Dissonanz)
Wet Ink’s second solo album, RELAY, was recorded during a residency at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy, NY. This album consists of works written for the group by George Lewis, Rick Burkhardt, Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Kate Soper, and Eric Wubbels, showcasing the ensemble’s unique performance practice and stylistic versatility. The works on RELAY were performed and toured for two years prior to being recorded, resulting in an intensity and precision seldom found in concert music recordings.
The release of these albums has led to a series of invitations to perform at festivals abroad, the first of which will take place in January of 2014 in Switzerland presented by the Forum Neue Musik Luzern. Wet Ink will travel to Switzerland to perform two concerts of music centering around the theme “Voice and Electronics,” with works by Katharina Rosenberger, Kate Soper, Sam Pluta, and Eric Wubbels, as well as premiering newly commissioned works by Peter Ablinger and Alex Mincek.
In addition to being a milestone for the group, these performances represent an ideal chance for Wet Ink to reach new audiences, gain valuable international exposure, and tour in support of work that we feel is some of our strongest. These performances will allow us to extend the reach and impact of our most recently released albums, ensuring that they continue to reach new ears and enter into dialogue with other musical communities.
Beyond the performances in Switzerland, the ensemble will further extend the impact of this project by repeating these programs in concerts at EMPAC (in Troy, NY) and in New York City, on April 18th and 19th of 2014. These concerts will allow the welcome opportunity to bring these tour programs back home, both to EMPAC (where RELAY was recorded) and to New York City, Wet Ink’s home for 15 seasons.