With all of this summer’s activity, we missed the chance to draw your attention to a fantastic new record that features yMusic! Our dear friend, Richard Reed Parry, who you undoubtedly know through his work with Arcade Fire, has developed a beautiful body of compositions. In his music, the performers wear stethoscopes in order to follow the pulse of their heartbeats, while others draw bows according to the rate of their breathing; it’s fascinating and beautiful! Over the past few years, he has managed to align the stars of artist scheduling and actually record these gems, and they have finally been released by Deutsche Grammaphon on a single disc! The list of personnel includes Aaron and Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Kronos Quartet, and our little group. Click here to listen to the NPR Weekend Edition feature, here for a Pitchfork Review, and here to buy on Amazon!
Music for Heart and Breath
Pictures from Lincoln Center Out of Doors show w/ Jose Gonzalez
We recently had a wonderful night in Damrosch Park, performing a set of our music as well as 10 songs with Jose Gonzalez. Not only did we enjoy playing outdoors for the first time, but we certainly didn’t mind the capacity plus crowd of 7,000 New Yorkers! We are deeply indebted to Lincoln Center, the Out of Doors Festival, and Bill Bragin, who dreamed up the collaboration and put it all together. We hope it is the beginning of more collaborative shows with Jose, and were thrilled to have taken part in it. A few videos have popped up on YouTube, so please check out moments of “Heartbeats”, ”Crosses” and a sort of greatest hits of the night! Here are some pictures from the event (all photos by Sachyn Mital). Stay tuned for more video on our YouTube page as well!
Rob featured on Opening Ceremony Blog
Yesterday was a big day for yMusic! Our sophomore album, Balance Problems, was announced via New Amsterdam Records, we played for 7,000 people at Damrosch Park with Jose Gonzalez, and our own Rob Moose was featured in the Opening Ceremony Blog. It’s safe to say that the latter of these items rates high on the list of the unexpected! Also unexpected was how lovely and well informed was the writer, Jessica Chou. They discussed the process of selecting songs to arrange for the concert with Jose and the challenge of descriptive labels affecting listening in both pop and chamber music. Click here for Rob’s thoughts on Mariah Carey, Guns ‘n Roses, and perhaps a couple of relevant things!
Beck Song Reader!
We have been super excited to tell you about something, and the news is finally out! yMusic had the honor of participating in the official Beck Song Reader album, and its release has just been announced. As you may know, in 2012 Beck released a book of original sheet music, entitled Song Reader. Many artists have recorded versions of the songs, but until now there has been no formal gathering of them. The album includes two instrumentals, and yMusic was recruited by their dear friend and collaborator, Gabriel Kahane, to perform his arrangement of “Mutilation Rag” along with him. The track closes out the record, which is to be released on July 29. Please buy it, as our track is awesome, and the project is a benefit for 826 National.