The Whitney Center for the Arts open their 2019 – 2020 Season on Saturday, Spetember 14 at 7:00 pm with Yarn / Wire. Yarn / Wire, is a New York-based percussion and piano quartet. Described by The Brooklyn Rail as “fascinating and exciting, with playing that is precise and full of purpose,” the ensemble is admired for the energy and precision it brings to performances of today’s most adventurous music.
Founded in 2005, Yarn/Wire is dedicated to expanding the repertoire written for its instrumentation, through commissions and collaborative initiatives that aim to build a new and lasting body of work. Influenced by its members’ experiences with classical music, avant-garde theatre, and rock music, the ensemble champions a varied and probing repertoire.
In 2016, the ensemble won first prize in the “Open” category as part of the inaugural M- Prize Chamber Music Competition at the University of Michigan. More recently, it is has been honored by Stony Brook University as one of its “40 under 40” alumni who are leaders in their field.
In addition, 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.
According to Dr. Ryan Landis, Whitney Center for the Arts Concert Hall and Performing Arts Coordinator, “the energy and creativity that Yarn / Wire exhibit in their performances take the audience on an incredible journey beyond what is expected for a percussion and piano ensemble.”
Individual and Season Tickets for the season are available at whitneyarts.org or at the Whitney Center for the Arts Box Office at 307-675-0360.