In a special double bill, Wet Ink Ensemble is followed by Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet. In the first set, Wet Ink Ensemble opens its new season with works by Anthony Braxton and Peter Ablinger. In the second set, saxophonist Evan Parker leads the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet in a set of improvisations.
Set 1: Wet Ink Ensemble
Composition 227 by Anthony Braxton
Verkündigung by Peter Ablinger
Set 2: Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Septet
Evan Parker, saxophones
George Lewis, trombone and electronics
Ikue Mori, electronics
Ned Rothenberger, clarinets
Peter Evans, trumpet
Okkung Lee, cello
Sam Pluta, electronics
” a sort of common ground between Morton Feldman… and Sonic Youth… even at its gnarliest and most confrontational, the overall effect was intoxicating.” –Steve Smith
Wet Ink has two main performing groups: Wet Ink Ensemble and Wet Ink Large Ensemble. Wet Ink Ensemble is a septet configuration, comprised of a core group of composer-performers: Erin Lesser (flutes), Joshua Modney (violin), Ian Antonio (percussion), Kate Soper (vocals), Alex Mincek (saxophones), Eric Wubbels (piano), and Sam Pluta (electronics). The members of the Ensemble collaborate in a band-like fashion: writing, improvising and preparing pieces together over long stretches of time. Aside from its multiple yearly performances in New York City, the Ensemble has taken part in numerous tours and residencies, including a residency at Duke University for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years, residencies at UC San Diego and Northern Illinois University, and a tour of California, including an appearence at the Sacramento Festival of New American Music. Wet Ink Ensemble recently released its second solo album, Relay, consisting of works by George Lewis, Sam Pluta, Rick Burkhardt, Kate Soper, Eric Wubbels, and Alex Mincek, was recorded during a residency at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy, NY.