yMusic$25 – $40
Handpicked by Paul Simon, New-York chamber ensemble, yMusic, joined Simon on stage for the entirety of his Farewell Tour and is featured on Simon’s new album, In the Blue Light.
For more on yMusic’s collaboration with Simon, check out this article in Rolling Stone.
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 pop and classical.
yMusic performing “Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War” with Paul Simon during his Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour.
Since their inception in 2008, yMusic has striven to bring a classical chamber music aesthetic to venues outside the traditional concert hall. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) have caught the attention of high profile collaborators—from Bon Iver to José Gonzalez. They followed their two full-length solo albums, 2014’s Balance Problems and 2011’s Beautiful Mechanical (Time Out New York’s #1 Classical Record of that Year), with 2015’s, So There, a collaboration with Ben Folds. In 2017, yMusic brought us two new releases: First (music by Son Lux) and The Way Is Read with The Staves.
yMusic as Educators
yMusic is a chamber sextet that works in close quarters with contemporary composers and songwriters, developing ideas into vivid, communicative performances. Since the group’s instrumentation was inspired by friendship and musical admiration rather than pragmatism, yMusic only performs works and arrangements created specifically for the ensemble. Collaborating with some of the most visible and creative pop artists of their time yMusic inspires die-hard Classical Music fandom from often uninitiated audiences via their virtuosity in both concert and pop idioms.
In the classical concert sphere, yMusic has served as muse to some of the most dynamic thinkers of their generation, including Nico Muhly, Andrew Norman, Chris Thile, Caroline Shaw, Marcos Balter, and Bill T. Jones. One of the most appealing aspects of yMusic’s work is the level of interaction, give-and-take the artists have with composers they work with, both in the classical and pop spheres. The six members of yMusic are veteran multi-taskers and virtuosos in their own right, and their ranks include multi-instrumentalists, prolific arrangers, and vocalists, affording their collaborators a vastly expandable palette.
yMusic has participated in long- and short-term educational residencies at Duke University, Southern Methodist University, North Carolina School for the Arts, and the University of South Carolina. As educators, yMusic’s professional experience offers a unique perspective on a wide range of topics relevant to both composers and performers.