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, which was recorded during a residency at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy, NY. This album consists of works by George Lewis, Sam Pluta, Rick Burkhardt, Kate Soper, Eric Wubbels, and Alex Mincek. These works were performed and toured for two years prior to being recorded, resulting in a recording with an intensity and precision seldom found in concert music recordings. To hear more, visit our Media page or visit www.carrierrecords.com.

THE PERFORMERS





Flutist ERIN LESSER has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, Europe and the USA, and was recently hailed as a "brilliant" flutist by the New York Concert Review. Ms. Lesser is actively involved in the contemporary music world, having worked with composers such as Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Tristan Murail, and Philippe Hurel. She is a member of Due East, Alarm Will Sound, Scarborough Trio, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and Wet Ink Ensemble. She has performed at the Warsaw Crossdrumming Festival, Sounds French Festival (NYC), NY Microfest, Ojai Music Festival (CA), International Spectral Music Festival (Istanbul), and Banff Centre for the Arts. Erin has been a guest artist with the Philadelphia Piano Quartet, So Percussion, Eighth Blackbird, Alarm Will Sound, American Modern Ensemble, H.T. Chen Dance Company, Ariel Winds, New York Vocal Arts Ensemble, SEM Ensemble, Mabou Mines Theatre Company and has been heard on CBC Radio Canada and WQXR (NY) Young Performer's Showcase.





ALEX MINCEK is a New York-based composer and performer. His work as a composer and performer has been featured at venues and international festivals including Carnegie Hall, Miller Theatre, the Strasbourg Musica Festival, Festival Présences of Radio France, Festival Archipel in Geneve, Abbaye de Royaumont in Paris, Festival des Musiques Démesurées in Clermont-Ferrand, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, Contempuls Festival in Prague, and the Ostrava New Music Days. Mincek has collaborated with ensembles such as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, Ensemble Linea, Ensemble XXI, Ensemble Cairn, Le Balcon, SEM, Present Music, Talea, Dal Niente, Yarn/Wire, Mivos and the JACK Quartet. Mincek’s music has also been recognized through commissions and awards from institutions such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, MATA, the Barlow Endowment, and Meet The Composer.





ERIC WUBBELS is a New York-based composer and pianist. He currently holds the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition at Oberlin Conservatory. Wubbels's music has been presented at concerts and festivals in Europe, Asia and the U.S., including the MATA Festival (NYC), Contempuls Festival (Prague), Tage fur Neue Musik (Zurich), and the June in Buffalo Performance Institute. Ensembles that have performed and commissioned his work include Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, I.C.E., Yarn/Wire, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (San Francisco), mmm... (Japan), Talea Ensemble, and JACK Quartet, and he has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Civitella Ranieri Center (Italy). As a performer, he has given U.S. and world premieres of works by major figures such as Peter Ablinger, Richard Barrett, George Lewis, Michael Finnissy, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Lang, and Mathias Spahlinger.





KATE SOPER is a New York- and Boston-based composer and performer whose compositional interests include the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure, the slippery continuums of expressivity, intelligibility and sense, and the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice. She has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Koussevitsky Music Foundation, the Fromm Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chamber Music Amerca, and the Music Theory Society of New York State, and has been commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center/Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Alarm Will Sound, Yarn/Wire, and the Knights, among others. As a singer with experience in Western Classical and Indian Carnatik music, pop music, and improvisation, she performs frequently as a new music soprano in her own works and the works of others.





Hailed as “superb” and “flamboyant” by the New York Times, violinist JOSHUA MODNEY has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. As a specialist in contemporary music, both notated and improvised, he is committed to presenting performances that make the music of our time enlightening for all concertgoers. Joshua is violinist and personnel director for Wet Ink Ensemble, a founding member of Mivos Quartet, and also performs frequently with Signal, SEM Ensemble, and Columbia Composers. He has recorded for Carrier, Tzadik, and New Amsterdam Records. Comfortable as a performer across many styles, Joshua has been featured as a soloist on repertoire ranging from Mozart to Schnittke, Zappa, and Ferneyhough, and has had several compositions dedicated to him, including works by Eric Wubbels, Matt Hough, and Robert Pierzak. Joshua holds a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Performance from Manhattan School of Music, and a B.M. in Violin Performance from Ithaca College.





IAN ANTONIO is a percussionist. His breadth of experience - concertizing across 4 continents with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, orchestras, experimental rock bands, avant-garde theater companies, and as a soloist, conductor, and educator - has led him to develop a unique sound and approach to both performing and teaching. In addition to his work with Wet Ink, Ian is a member of the piano and percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire, the percussion group Talujon, and from 2003-2012 was a member of the difficult-to-categorize trio Zs. Ian's playing can be heard on the Carrier, Nonesuch, Warp, Social Registry, and Kairos record labels, among others. Ian holds doctoral and master's degrees from Stony Brook University and a bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music.






Known internationally for his laptop performances with groups like Wet Ink, The Peter Evans Quintet, and Rocket Science, New York City-based composer/improviser SAM PLUTA is Technical Director and electronics performer for the Wet Ink Ensemble. As a composer, he has been commissioned and premiered by Mivos Quartet, Yarn/Wire, ICE, Timetable Percussion, RIOT Trio, So Percussion, Dave Eggar, and Prism Saxophone Quartet and has performed internationally as a laptop soloist and chamber musician - with appearances at the Donaueschingen Festival, the Moers Festival, Bimhaus, Porgy and Bess, and the Vortex, amongst other international venues and festivals. A devoted pedagogue, he directs the Electronic Music Studio at Manhattan School of Music and holds the John Plude Faculty Chair in Computer Musicianship at the Walden School, where is also Academic Dean. Sam's music is released on quiet design and Carrier Records, a label he runs with Jeff Snyder and David Franzson, and his performances can also be found on More Is More, Tzadik, and hat[now]ART. Sam holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from Columbia University.