Last summer, we had the privilege of being the first ever guest ensemble at the 50+ year Sarasota Music Festival, where we performed half a chamber music recital and gave a master class for festival participants. This year, we have the even greater honor of premiering SMF’s very first commissioned work. Luminous Bodies, written by Robert Sirota, is not only a first for Sarasota, but one for yMusic as well, in that it involves a guest performer (none other than SMF’s music director, Jeffrey Kahane, on piano). We will premiere the work on June 23rd, and hope you can join us!
yMusic returns to Sarasota Music Festival
yMusic joins Paul Simon “Farewell Tour”
We are thrilled to announce that we will be joining “Homeward Bound- The Farewell Tour,” as featured performers alongside Paul Simon and his band. In Paul’s own words: I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief. I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts. The tour begins May 16 in Vancouver, and covers the US, Canada and Europe.For tickets and more details, visit Paul’s website.
“God Only Knows” w/ John Legend
Every year, the Grammy Awards dedicates a special segment to notable musicians who have passed on. As we all know, 2016 was a particularly devastating year in that regard, and the In Memoriam segment was especially important. Ten-time award-winner, John Legend, was asked to sing the Beach Boys‘ classic, “God Only Knows,” and his producer, Blake Mills, suggested us as the band. Amidst a crazy week of touring the midwest and performing and recording in Brooklyn, we flew to LA to track Rob Moose’s arrangement in the same studio in which Brian Wilson and the gang originally recorded the song. Our version was released to the world the night of the Grammy’s, and we encourage you to purchase it here.
yMusic selected for New Music USA Impact Fund
New Music USA and yMusic are thrilled to introduce the inaugural cohort of the NYC New Music Impact Fund. The Impact Fund represents the first major effort to aggregate and amplify the voice of the New York new music community online. It supports new residency relationships, provides general operating support, and leverages New Music USA’s online platform to share events and news with a growing fan base. yMusic is honored to join the other 23 groups selected for this cohort, and looks forward to sharing further details of our inclusion with you!