Celebrated new music ensemble yMusic, hailed as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” by NPR, gives the world premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s Epimetheus. The concert is part of yMusic’s residency at New York Live Arts’ debut music series, and will also feature world premieres by composers Paul Wiancko and Nate Thatcher.
yMusic is a genre-defying, indie-classical ensemble comprised of six New York City instrumentalists flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators-from Dirty Projectors to Ben Folds, Bon Iver and Beck-and evolved to become one of the great forces shaping contemporary music today.
Sirota’s new piece Epimetheus is inspired by the Greek Titan god of afterthought of the same name. Sirota explains, “Epimetheus and his brother Prometheus were assigned the task of populating the earth with animals and men. When he came to mankind, Epimetheus had run out of gifts to assign, leaving man helpless. An angry Zeus created Pandora to plague mankind, and despite being warned, Epimetheus took her as his bride. Oops.”