Yarn / Wire Ensemble

Friday, February 7, 2014  ❘  11am & 7:30pm

Yarn/Wire is a chamber quartet that specializes in the performance of 20th and 21st century music. The unique instrumental combination of two percussionists and two pianists allows the ensemble to interface with both traditional performance practice and emergent stylistic trends with ease. Founded in 2005, Yarn/Wire is admired for the “spellbinding virtuosity” (Time Out NY) and “disciplined precision” (Culturecatch) they bring to performances of today's most adventurous music. The results of Yarn/Wire's collaborative initiatives are pointing towards the development of a new and lasting repertoire, and partnerships with genre-bending artists such as Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf and David Bithell have led to the creation of work that is "spare and strange and very, very new." (Time Out NY)

Yarn/Wire’s 2010 debut release of Tone Builders showcases the ensemble’s impressive versatility and highlights a sample of the ensemble’s diverse commissioning activities. In addition to the numerous world premieres of music written specifically for the ensemble, Yarn/Wire frequently presents US premieres by many leading international composers.

Based in New York City, Yarn/Wire maintains an active performing and teaching schedule at festivals, chamber music series, universities and colleges across the country. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at Miller Theatre’s Composer Portrait Series, River to River Festival, Make Music NYC, ISSUE Project Room, La Mama Experimental Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Unruly Music Festival, Ear Heart Music Series, ‘April in Santa Cruz’ Festival of Contemporary Music, Pixilerations Festival, North River Concert Series, Southampton Chamber Music Series, University of Notre Dame, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Goucher College, Stanford University, Rutgers University, and Vanderbilt University.

Program

11:00am Program

Flywheel (2013)
Daniel W. Koontz

Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story" (1957)
Leonard Bernstein
(1918 - 1990)

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7:30pm Program

Flywheel (2013)
Daniel W. Koontz

Linea (1973)
Luciano Berio
(1925 - 2003)

Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story" (1957)
Leonard Bernstein
(1918 - 1990)

Artist Bios

Ian Antonio, percussionist

As a founding percussionist of Yarn/Wire, Ian enjoys performing with his dedicated colleagues and collaborating with today's most innovative and exciting composers. In addition to his work with the quartet, Ian also performs with the chamber collective Wet Ink, the percussion group Talujon, and Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf. From 2003-2012 Ian was a member of the difficult-to-categorize trio Zs. He also performs regularly with Tyondai Braton, Peter Evans, and Sam Kulik. Ian holds a B.M from the Manhattan School of Music and an M.M. and D.M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook. He has been a Tanglewood Music Center fellow, a Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival participant, and a member of the Mettawee River Company. Ian's playing can be head on the Carrier, Nonesuch, Kairos, Warp, Social Registry, and 31G record labels, among others.

Ning Yu, pianist

With the same vigor and dedication for traditional and avant-garde repertoire of the 20th and 21st century, pianist Ning Yu takes on some of the most demanding music written for piano, including pieces that incorporate extended techniques, multi-media and improvisation. Ning has performed dozens of world premieres including the works of Terry Riley, Michael Gordon, Tristan Perich, and Cenk Ergün among others. She has appeared on stages worldwide including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and also the United States. As a chamber musician, Ning has performed with leading new music ensembles such as Bang on A Can - All Stars, Signal Ensemble, and theater groups Mabou Mines and the Tectonic Theater Project. Ning is a member of the New York based percussion and piano ensemble Yarn/Wire.  A native of Shenyang, China, Ning has been living and working in New York City since 2004. (www.ningyupiano.com)

Laura Barger, pianist

Laura Barger is a versatile and vibrant pianist who has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician at The Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), Västerås Konserthus (Sweden), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Darmstadt International Summer Festival for New Music (Germany), The Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music at the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon at Mass MOCA and The Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada.  Active in New York's new music scene, she has performed in venues varying from John Zorn's downtown experimental mecca The Stone to the Kaufmann Center's Merkin Hall.  In addition to Yarn/Wire, she has also performed with contemporary music groups such as the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talujon Percussion, Lost Dog New Music, and the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.  Laura holds degrees from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (BM, summa cum laude) where she studied with David Northington, and Stony Brook University (MM, DMA) where studied primarily with Christina Dahl and additionally with Gilbert Kalish and Arthur Haas (early keyboards).  She is currently on the piano and chamber music faculty at the 92nd St Y in Manhattan.

Russell Greenberg, percussionist

As a founding percussionist of Yarn/Wire, Ian enjoys performing with his dedicated colleagues and collaborating with today's most innovative and exciting composers. In addition to his work with the quartet, Ian also performs with the chamber collective Wet Ink, the percussion group Talujon, and Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf. From 2003-2012 Ian was a member of the difficult-to-categorize trio Zs. He also performs regularly with Tyondai Braton, Peter Evans, and Sam Kulik. Ian holds a B.M from the Manhattan School of Music and an M.M. and D.M.A. from SUNY Stony Brook. He has been a Tanglewood Music Center fellow, a Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival participant, and a member of the Mettawee River Company. Ian's playing can be head on the Carrier, Nonesuch, Kairos, Warp, Social Registry, and 31G record labels, among others.