Fall 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014
November 15, 2014

Explosive new music ensemble Yarn/Wire brings a brand new performance to EMPAC. Centered around two pianists and percussionists, Yarn/Wire uses a combination of thundering rhythms, unconventional sounds, and precision execution. The ensemble has quickly become a key player in the American new music scene, driven by their adventurous programming and dedication to performing music from young composers. Their performance in the Concert Hall will include Davið Brynjar Franzson’s The Negotiation of Context (recorded and produced at EMPAC), as well as a series of shorter new works by Thomas Meadowcroft, Ann Cleare, and Øyvind Torvund.

Laura Barger, piano
Ning Yu, piano
Ian Antonio, percussion
Russell Greenberg, percussion


Davið Brynjar Franzson - the Negotiation of Context (C)
Ann Cleare - I should live in wires for leaving you behind
Thomas Meadowcroft - Walkman Antiquarian
Davið Brynjar Franzson - the Negotiation of Context (B)
Øyvind Torvund - Untitled School

Argeo Ascani

Founded in 2005, Yarn/Wire is a quartet of two percussionists and two pianists widely admired for the energy and precision they bring to performances of today's most adventurous music. Their instrumental combination allows them to effortlessly slip between repertoire classics and modern works that continue to break new ground. Their collaborative initiatives with genre-bending artists such as Two-Headed Calf, Pete Swanson, and Tristan Perich point toward the emergence of a new and lasting repertoire that is, “spare and strange and very, very new.”

Concert Hall
November 15, 2014, 8PM

EMPAC 2014-2015 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.

National Endowment for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA