“One of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music.”— NPR’s Fred Child
yMusic, “six contemporary classical polymaths who playfully overstep the boundaries of musical genres,” (The New Yorker) performs in concert halls, arenas and clubs around the world. Founded in New York City in 2008, yMusic believes in presenting excellent, emotionally communicative music, regardless of style or idiom. “One of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” (Fred Child, NPR’s Performance Today) their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Paul Simon to Bill T. Jones to Ben Folds—and inspired original works by some of today’s foremost composers, including Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Andrew Norman.
Recent season highlights include a collaborative album release with The Staves on Nonesuch Records, a studio session with Bruce Hornsby, and sold-out concerts at Pioneer Works with The Tallest Man on Earth. Additionally, the group embarked on an interdisciplinary residency at USC’s schools of music and dance, and returned to the Sarasota Music Festival to perform the festival’s first-ever commissioned work alongside its music director, Jeffrey Kahane. From May until September, yMusic was featured on Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour, performing in arenas, amphitheaters, and outdoor festivals across the globe.
To date, yMusic has released three full-length solo albums: 2017’s First, 2014’s Balance Problems, and 2011’s Beautiful Mechanical, Time Out New York’s “#1 Classical Record of the Year.” In addition to performing their own repertoire, yMusic serves as a ready-made collaborative unit for bands and songwriters, and has lent its distinctive sound to dozens of albums, most recently In The Blue Light by Paul Simon, with whom the group recently appeared on Saturday Night Live.