Wet Ink has been producing concerts of adventurous music in NYC since 1998, and has been engaged in performances, residencies, and educational workshops around the world. Our artistic vision is to present a broad range of compelling contemporary music in the most direct and relevant manner possible, while in turn giving composers an open platform for their work that encourages artistic integrity and authenticity. To this end we strive to move fluently across a variety of contemporary aesthetics while maintaining the highest possible level of presentation and performance.



ARTISTS / CO-DIRECTORS





Flutist ERIN LESSER has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout world and her performances have been lauded as “superb” (New York Times) and “brilliant” (New York Concert Review). She is a member of Alarm Will Sound, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Due East, Scarborough Trio, and the Wet Ink Ensemble. Festival appearances include: Shanghai Electroacoustic Music Festival, Kilkenny Music Festival, Warsaw Crossdrumming Festival, Holland Festival, Ojai Music Festival, Istanbul International Spectral Music Festival, and Aldeburgh Festival. Lesser was a fellow of The Academy, a program run by Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute. She is an Assistant Professor of Flute at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Lesser is a Pearl Flute Performing Artist.





ALEX MINCEK (saxophone) 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. 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 (voice) is a New York-based composer, performer, and writer 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 America, 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 Carnatic music, pop music, and improvisation, she performs frequently as a new music soprano in her own works and the works of others. She is a Professor of Music at Smith College.





JOSH MODNEY is a NYC-based violinist dedicated to performing contemporary music, collaborating closely with composers on new work over extended time periods, and exploring innovative interpretations of classical music. Josh is violinist and Executive Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble and a founding member of Mivos Quartet. Hailed as “superb” and “flamboyant”, “a new-music luminary” (New York Times), Josh has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals and concert series across four continents, and was a featured solo performer at the 2013 Zürich Tage für Neue Musik. He has presented hundreds of premieres, and worked closely with major figures including Mathias Spahlinger, Helmut Lachenmann, George Lewis, Christian Wolff, and Peter Ablinger. Collaboration has long been a focus of Josh’s practice, and he has developed new large-scale work with composers including Kate Soper, Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta, and Rick Burkhardt, among others. Josh has recorded for Carrier Records, Deutsche Grammophon, hat[now]ART, and Tzadik Records.





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.






SAM PLUTA is a New York City-based composer, improviser, and sound artist. Known internationally for his laptop performances with groups like Rocket Science, Wet Ink Ensemble, and The Peter Evans Quintet, he has performed as a laptop soloist and chamber musician at the Lucerne Festival, the Donaueschingen Festival, the Moers Festival, Bimhaus, Porgy and Bess, and the Vortex, amongst other international concert venues and festivals. He was recently ranked as the top electronics performer in the El Intruso international poll of jazz critics. As a composer, he has been commissioned and premiered by Mivos Quartet, Yarn/Wire, ICE, Timetable Percussion, RIOT Trio, Dave Eggar, and Prism Saxophone Quartet. He is Technical Director for Wet Ink Ensemble, a new music group dedicated to promoting music by young composers. A devoted pedagogue, he teaches electronic music, history, and theory at Manhattan School of Music, has taught at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University, and is Academic Dean and Director of Electronic Music at the Walden School, a summer music program for creative musicians. Sam's music is released on quiet design and Carrier Records, a record label he runs with Jeff Snyder and David Franzson, and his performances can also be found on More Is More, Tzadik, Pi Recordings, and hat[now]ART. Sam holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from Columbia University and additional degrees from UT Austin, the University of Birmingham (UK), and Santa Clara University.


BOARD


Ryan Dohoney
Peter Evans
David Franzson
Ted Hearne
Lucy Shelton
Mary Ellen Carroll
Ian Antonio
Erin Lesser
Alex Mincek
Josh Modney
Sam Pluta
Kate Soper
Eric Wubbels

 
CONTACT & ADMINISTRATION


General Contact info@wetink.org

Booking Inquiries booking@wetink.org

Executive Director Josh Modney josh@wetink.org

Managing Director Ian Antonio ian@wetink.org

Technical Director Sam Pluta

Artistic Director Alex Mincek