yMusic • 'Duke Ph.D. Composer Concert'
New York sextet yMusic combines “all the prestige and virtuosity of classical music degrees with all the attitude and energy of an indie rock band” (Paste Magazine). They thrive comfortably in both spheres, bringing classical polish to indie rock artists from Sufjan Stevens to Dirty Projectors and indie rock fire to contemporary classical composers from Gabriel Kahane to Nico Muhly. Their new album, Balance Problems, produced by Son Lux, was called “beautifully intricate” by Utne Reader. The New York Times calls yMusic “co-conspirators in the compositional process, interacting with the music as a living document…The group has set the bar high.”
Now in their second year as artists-in-residence with Duke Performances and Duke’s Ph.D. program in Music Composition, yMusic visits Durham three times each season to read and record works written for them by Duke’s Ph.D. candidate composers. The culminating event of this year’s residency is a concert of world premieres at the casual and intimate Motorco Music Hall. Featuring Hideaki Aomori, Clarinet; Gabriel Cabezas, Cello; CJ Camerieri, French Horn & Trumpet; Rob Moose, Violin & Guitar; Nadia Sirota, Viola; Alex Sopp, Flute & Piccolo.
Featured Duke Ph.D. Composers
D. Edward Davis
David Kirkland Garner
Made possible, in part, with support from the Department of Music at Duke University and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, Duke.