The New York-based ensemble known as yMusic may have roots in classical music, but their music tends to defy genres. The six core members – co founder Rob Moose, co founder CJ Camerieri, Hideaki Aomori, Alex Sopp, Nadia Sirota and Mike Block – attended Julliard, with the exception of Moose, who graduated from the Manhattan School of Music. The musicians went their separate ways after graduation, playing in various ensembles, orchestras and even rock bands, but their paths frequently crossed. yMusic was formed in 2008.
This brief diversion from our MusicNOW festival coverage is a worthy one, and even features a MusicNOW alum in Glenn Kotche. Thats because we have a video to share from the great folks at La Blogotheque, the latest installment in their “Take Away Show” series.
It’s Wednesday and we are ready for the second day of MusicNOW 2010. First off, you should know that there are still some tickets available for tonight at Memorial Hall, so if you have been siting back and waiting to grab a few, wait no longer because just like last night and tomorrow night, it will sell out.
Last night marked the opening of the MusicNOW festival here in Cincinnati. I get to say “here” because an event like this is so important to me, I returned home to attend it. MusicNOW is offically a tradition now, bringing together a rich collection of artists and fans at Memorial Hall for the past five years. And to kick things off this year, Bryce Dessner brought together what was arguable the best opening night in the festivals history.
The Way Out, The Books’ first album in five years, won’t be released until July 2010, but Big Ears audiences were able to preview some of the new songs on Saturday. The duo opened for Bang On A Can All-Stars, who headlined Tennessee Theatre with their performance of Brian Eno’s Music for Airports. The bill was fitting considering Eno is a huge fan of the Massachusetts-based electronic group.
The time has come. MusicNOW is back in Cincinnati and suddenly, all is right with the world. For it’s fifth act, the MusicNOW festival is prepared to bring you its best lineup to date this year, and ENS plans to be there every step of the way to enjoy and to document the festivities again this year.
Wrapping up our Big Ears Festival Coverage with some more amazing shots from Keith Klenowski today. In this post you get some great pictures of The National, St. Vincent and My Brightest Diamond.
As I made my way toward the Bijou Theatre to see Dirty Projectors on Saturday, I noticed a few people camped out in front of the Tennessee Theatre. It was only 1:30, but the handful of dedicated teens were definitely in line for Vampire Weekend, who weren’t scheduled to play until seven hours later. Hopefully it paid off for them because when the doors opened, hundreds of girls literally raced down the aisles to grab seats toward the stage.
The Projectmill is back with a new episode of â€œMilling About,â€ meaning more nonsense and new music. Download the free podcast from iTunes, and check below for downloads of this episodeâ€™s featured music, only available here at ENS!
J Roddy Walston and the Business are back, with a new album and a new attitude. Ok, so maybe it’s the same attitude, but we never got sick of the old one anyway right? The boys have proper backing for their new album and are finally getting some of the attention they deserve.