yMusic is a group of young performers who are actively engaged and equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music worlds.
1) Beautiful Mechanical (Son Lux)
2) Proven Badlands (Annie Clark)
3) A Whistle, A Tune, A Macaroon (Shara Worden)
4) Daughter of the Waves (Sarah Kirkland Snider)
5) A Paper, A Pen, A Note To A Friend (Shara Worden)
6) Clearing, Dawn, Dance (Greenstein)
7) Song (Gabriel Kahane)
yMusic is a group of young performers who are actively engaged and equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music worlds. Not only do its members regularly play with classical institutions like the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, but they are active recitalists, arrangers, and commissioners, and have served key roles in touring and fulfilling indie rock visions from Sufjan Stevens to Bon Iver to The National. The group’s unique instrumentation includes a traditional string trio as well as the distinctive combination of flute, clarinet and trumpet. This exciting composite of sounds has sparked a burgeoning repertoire of commissions from some of today’s most important artists.
Beautiful Mechanical, the group’s focused and stunning debut album, features compositions by indie- classical all-stars Annie Clark (St. Vincent) – a piece commissioned by the MusicNOW Festival, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Ryan Lott (Son Lux), Gabriel Kahane, and New Amsterdam Records co-founders Sarah Kirkland Snider and Judd Greenstein. The compositions are assured and fervent yet tender and humane, the performances delicate yet fiercely virtuosic, making for a cohesive album that stands as a manifesto of what music-making in the 21st century can – and should – be.
"[Daughter of the Waves] is a bold octet for strings and winds…gentle surging motifs alluded to the lapping of waves on the shore…joyous, muscular…Snider’s use of the electric guitar and allusions to the easy, repetitive cadences of pop music added even more variety to her fresh, eclectic idiom.”
"[Sarah Kirkland Snider's 'Daughter of Waves' is] stunning."
“The ensemble absolutely crests on “Daughter of the Waves”...a gentle sightseeing tour that even the locals can enjoy. “
“[yMusic] represented a step up in the quality of both performance and music. I particularly liked Sarah Kirkland Snider’s substantial 'Daughter of the Waves.'”
"Daughter of the Waves" [is] a nine-minute swirl of muted anxiety...
“'Daughter of the Waves' proves to be a compelling exercise in dark liquescence, its initial surface calm disrupted and disturbed by dream-like interjections that border on the hallucinogenic and nightmarish in places...wistful and restless, an imaginative and rewarding new work for classical chamber ensemble.”
“['Daughter of the Waves' is] point-perfect…thoughtful and compelling.”
“yMusic’s rich timbral colour comes especially to the fore during Sarah Kirkland Snider’s evocative “Daughter of the Waves”...Filled with contrasts of mood, Snider’s standout piece exudes a dream-like flow as it moves through its myriad passages, with a late ruminative episode especially powerful.”
"Snider’s “Daughter of the Waves” likewise takes a delicate, almost Impressionist approach, with ebullient cascades of sound along the way."
"The composer has said that this piece was influenced by its being composed during her pregnancy and that the title references both her daughter's name (Dylan, Welsh, 'child of the waves') and the turbulent emotional states of pregnancy. It is open to many interpretations, and could as easily be heard as a [small-i] impressionist seascape/shorescape, Debussy's La Mer or Britten's Sea Interludes retooled for small ensemble, although it is not particularly imitative of either. It is superior mood music for those with ever-changing moods."
"[Daughter of the Waves] is simultaneously anthemic and hypnotic, and also ebbs and goes out gracefully, almost like a ghost."