yMusic not coming to your city? Starting on February 8th in Houston and passing through nearly every major city in the US and Canada, yMusic’s own CJ Camerieri will be traveling with the highly anticipated “Paul Simon and Sting: On Stage Together” tour, playing trumpet and french horn. CJ is the newest member of Paul Simon’s regular touring band and is happy to report that Paul is yMusic’s newest fan! Come see a show and hear one the many different projects that yMusic members are a part of outside of the sextet!
yMusic performs at Sundance!
We were thrilled to start off our 2014 traveling streak with a visit to Park City, UT this week. After performing in Ogden this fall, the Salt Lake City airport looked comfortingly familiar as we strolled to baggage claim. Of course, the purpose of our visit was not merely to accumulate frequent flyer miles (#Delta), but to perform at the 30th Sundance Film Festival. The occasion was our collaboration with esteemed filmmaker, Sam Green, who was set to premier his latest “live documentary,” The Measure of All Things.
What Sam does is pretty unique: he creates a film that utilizes triggered visuals, both still and moving, live narration and excerpts of our work. The result defies easy categorization, and as such was included in the festival’s New Frontiers series. We were honored to work with Sam, and look forward to touring this project in years to come. In the meantime, read this piece from the New York Times blog to learn more about our work together!
New EP Out Today!
November 5th is finally here, and we strongly encourage you to check out our latest offering, Year of the Dragon! For those of you vinyl enthusiasts, and fans of pretty physical objects, click on over to Record Collection’s Online Shop to pick up a copy. Reminder: each EP comes with a download code so that your iPhone won’t be sad. For any of you who prefer to cut to the chase and download these songs immediately, feel free to visit iTunes to claim your copy.
Here’s a little more information on the music:
Year of the Dragon features a new arrangement of Sufjan Stevens‘ electronic work of the same name. The song was originally recorded in 2001, and was reworked by Nico Muhly in 2007 for the string quartet Osso, of which Rob Moose was a former member. One day in rehearsal, Alex Sopp had the idea for yMusic to perform and record it, and a few clicks of the computer later that dream became a reality. The B-side is a piece by Gabriel Kahane called “Without a Frame.” The material is derived from a longer piece he wrote for yMusic called “Fun House.” Within the larger piece was a beautiful moment, featuring a trumpet/electric guitar duet, and the group loved it so much that they asked him to expand it. Both pieces were recorded at the Phish Barn in Vermont and seem to enjoy each other’s company.
Blake Mills to join yMusic at Lincoln Center Atrium
It is with great pleasure that we unveil a very special guest for our upcoming show at the Lincoln Center Atrium! On Thursday, November 7th, at 7:30 sharp, yMusic will take the stage to play a set of mostly new pieces. Midway through, we will be joined by a new collaborator, Blake Mills, for a set of his songs. Blake is one of the most unique and talented guitarists alive, and has worked with an enviable group of artists on stage and in the studio, including Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Julian Casablancas and Conor Oberst.
In addition to his collaborative work, Blake is an excellent singer and songwriter, and will be releasing an album in early 2014 on Verve Records. It was in this capacity that he met yMusic’s Rob Moose, who was asked to arrange and record strings for some of the new songs. The experience was so rewarding that they immediately began scheming an opportunity to play the material live, and the Atrium show will be the debut of this collaboration.
Click here to watch a clip of Blake at Newport Folk Festival. Our concert is FREE so please bring friends and say hello!