Hailed by NPR’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic is a group of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds.
yMusic joyfully explores the song in a concert titled “The Evolution of Song.” Premiering a handful of homegrown arrangements interspersed with their commissioned rep and two new commissions generously paid for by National Sawdust, yMusic traces the form’s development from its folk routes through interpretations by composer Luciano Berio, to their collaborations with internationally acclaimed songwriters, and through two new works by David Biedenbender and Gabriella Smith that take the “song” as their main source of thematic inspiration. The ensemble, made up of multi-instrumentalists, uses its catholic taste and stylistic flexibility to lend vitality to decades of music.
IN THE ARTISTS’ WORDS:
“In a city that can feel alienating, stuck-in-its-ways, and sold to the highest bidder, National Sawdust gives artists a home and a voice. yMusic is proud to be a member of a vibrant community of artists and citizens, one which we do not take for granted. National Sawdust gives us and others a chance to breathe, to take a break from the hustle, to observe and influence each other, and to simply make art.”