Happy release day! After great anticipation and lovely previews, we are thrilled to present you our new album, “First.” Written by Ryan Lott of Son Lux over five frenzied winter weeks, and produced by Thomas Bartlett, the record is the debut release on our very own Communal Table Records. Please visit our online store for easiest access to “First” and our previous records.“First” was conceptualized by the members of yMusic well before any of its music was written. After commissioning songwriters on our first record, and utilizing experimental production on our second, “First” is an attempt to build a record of chamber music which emulates the flow and structure of a rock record: 11 tracks, 40 minutes, Side A/Side B.To further this concept, yMusic chose to work with a single creative team, in this case, a composer paired with a producer. Instead of tasking the composer with creating an entire album’s work in isolation, this pairing allowed for feedback, encouragement, and redirection. The album was made quickly- two days of rehearsal, two days of tracking, one day of mixing- and then set aside while we toured with Jose Gonzalez and Ben Folds throughout 2016. When the dust settled and we came back to the project, we found we had created something really special. A true collaboration in the best sense, it’s greater than the sum of its parts.
We are thrilled to announce the release of our next album, First, on February 17! Below is a trailer for the album, featuring its opening track, “Eleven.” Click here for more info on the album. and thanks for listening!
We are thrilled to announce our most exciting concert to date, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall on Friday December 2nd! As part of their 125th anniversary celebration, Carnegie Hall has commissioned two pieces on our behalf, and we will be debuting them along with treasured selections from our repertoire. The commissions are by Pulitzer Prize winner, Caroline Shaw, and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile. We very much hope you will join us for this memorable evening, and urge you to secure your tickets 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!