Eric Wubbels "if and only if" Release Concert
Sunday, November 12th, 2023 at 8:00 P.M.Tenri Cultural Institute
43A W 13th St, New York, NY 10011
$20 - includes copy of CD [reserve online or purchase at door]
Wet Ink's 25th Season continues as we celebrate the release of Eric Wubbels’s concert-length piano trio if and only if on Carrier Records with the NYC premiere performance of the complete work.
Composed for Josh Modney and Mariel Roberts between 2018-19, if and only if builds on the trio's nearly 15-year history of playing together, a period of joint exploration and consolidation of new approaches to tuning, harmony, and ensemble virtuosity.
Written in an extended tonality that hybridizes a resonance-based just-intonation derived from string instruments with the scalar, distortion-oriented temperament of the piano, if and only if unfolds in a gradually intensifying, spiralling progression over the course of an hour, building from moments of bleak transparency reminiscent of Medieval music to dense, saturated string drones, frenetic rhythmic unison, and ecstatic, kaleidoscopic polyphony. Combining technical sophistication with a direct, expressive urgency, the piece is both a major work of contemporary chamber music as well as a joyfully virtuosic showcase for the trio's musical and personal history together.
Eric Wubbels: if and only if [2018-19], for piano trio
Josh Modney, violin
Mariel Roberts, cello
Eric Wubbels, piano