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.
Beck Song Reader!
Free show! Jose Gonzalez! 7/31!
As some of you know, we have been in residence at the Lincoln Center Atrium this year, playing a collaborative show with Blake Mills in November and commissioning and presenting new material by Gabriel Kahane and Qasim Naqvi in May. The culminating event in this series is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited for the show. We are being presented by the Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival, in collaboration with the brilliant Jose Gonzalez! It’s a rare show for Jose, who is flying in from Stockholm for the occasion, and yMusic’s own Rob Moose is crafting 10 arrangements of his songs, both old and new, to keep Jose from feeling too lonely up there on stage. yMusic opens the show with a set of its own, then joins Jose for the rest of the evening. We hope to see you in Damrosch Park to close out a beautiful month! Click here for more information.
Upcoming Measure of All Things Dates
Happy July 5th to everyone out there! Do let us know if you need aspirin. Wanted to take this post festive moment to let you know about some upcoming shows yMusic will be performing with the inimitable filmmaker, Sam Green. As some of you may know, yMusic is one of Sam’s musical partners for his live documentary project, The Measure of All Things. The piece is about the Guinness Book of World Records, and profiles both its founders and many of its record holders. Sam selected excerpts from yMusic’s repertoire and the group performs these pieces while Sam narrates and triggers visuals that tell the story. The next event is in one week’s time, at the amazing Mass MOCA and we encourage all your Northeasterners to come check it out. In the future, we will perform the piece at the Noorderzon Festival in Groningen, NL as well as at New York City’s The Kitchen and Boston’s ICA.
Check our events page for more information, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water today!
Upcoming NYC Shows!
Friends! We are thrilled to be playing two free shows in our home city next week! The first is our second of three performances in Lincoln Center, at the Atrium on May 1st. We will be premiering a number of new works by exciting collaborators, including Mark Dancigers, Gabriel Kahane and Qasim Naqvi from Dawn of Midi. Click here for more information on that show. Just two days later, we will be appearing at Kickstarter’s 5th anniversary block party in Greenpoint. As many of you know, we have twice funded albums through Kickstarter, and are honored that they’ve asked us to be featured performers. We will be doing two sets, at 2 and 4pm, so come hear us and check out the festivities. Click here to RSVP.