yMUSIC was created in 2008 to bring a classical chamber music aesthetic to new audiences. For their show at the Mondavi Center, the audience will be seated on bleachers on the Jackson Hall stage in a configuration reminiscent of a Brooklyn warehouse theater.
Hailed by NPR's Fred Child as "one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music," yMusic is a sextet of young performers equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music worlds. Its members have individually toured and recorded with artists such as Bon Iver, Bjork, Paul Simon, Antony & the Johnsons, Ryuichi Sakamoto, The National, Meredith Monk, Joshua Bell, The New York Philharmonic, David Byrne and Sufjan Stevens. The "six hip virtuosi" (Time Out New York) play a unique combination of instruments: string trio, flute, clarinet and trumpet. This exciting orchestration has inspired an expanding repertoire of works by some of today's most important artists. Indie rock luminaries Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Ryan Lott (Son Lux) have crafted instrumental works specifically for the ensemble. On yMusic's debut album, "Beautiful Mechanical," they pair these compositions with pieces by prominent young composers Judd Greenstein, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Gabriel Kahane. "Beautiful Mechanical" was recently named Time Out New York's #1 Classical Record of 2011. In 2014, yMusic plans to release a new album of commissions by Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Norman, Marcos Balter, Timothy Andres, and Mark Dancigers.
Mondavi Center's Aggie Arts intern team is proud to present yMUSIC and is supported by a generous grant from