Season 25 Opener: Roberts (feat. Hanick), Soper, Modney

Monday, October 9th, 2023 at 8:00 P.M.

Opera America - Scorca Hall
330 7th Ave 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
$20 suggested / pay what you can / students free [reserve online or purchase at door]


Wet Ink opens the ensemble's 25th Anniversary Season with an evening of world premieres by Wet Ink composer-performers Mariel Roberts (Sunder for piano and electronics, written for Conor Hanick), Kate Soper (Underneath, for solo cello, performed by Roberts), and Josh Modney (LYNX, for violin, cello, and electronics, performed by Modney with Roberts and Sam Pluta). 

Kate Soper writes, “Underneath was commissioned by the I&I Foundation with generous contribution of Jean-Jacques Indermuehle. This piece was written during lockdown and has existed only in my imagination for the past two and a half years. I am honored to have Mariel Roberts bring it to life!”

Sunder, for solo piano and electronics, utilizes field recordings made at the border wall between the US and Mexico, and aims to reframe the performer's presence in these borderland soundscapes by transforming and interacting with the physical body of the instrument. The piece is built around the idea of bringing a performer to fit the natural qualities of a space, and letting the performer be shaped by these spaces. Each of the seven movements is centered around field recordings made with sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard, each at a different location along the border wall between San Antonio and San Diego. Sunder was written for pianist Conor Hanick, and made possible through support from Some Serious Business and the Shifting Foundation. 

LYNX is the second of five pieces in Josh Modney’s Ascending Primes series (a double album of chamber works which will be released on Pyroclastic Records in May 2024). Tailored to the distinctive virtuosity of Mariel Roberts, LYNX travels to many places over its 10-minute duration as violin and electronics process and augment the soloistic cello lines that form the backbone of the piece. LYNX was made possible through support from the Shifting Foundation.


Mariel Roberts: Sunder, for piano and electronics* 

Kate Soper: Underneath, for solo cello*

Josh Modney: LYNX, for violin, cello, and electronics*

*World Premieres


Conor Hanick, piano

Josh Modney, violin

Mariel Roberts, cello

Sam Pluta, electronics