WET INK Large Ensemble  – Wet Ink: 20 – (Braxton, Soper, Mincek, Pluta ) Carrier Records – (9/18/18): ****:

From the Wet Ink Website:

 For 20 years, the Wet Ink Ensemble has been programming and presenting concerts of adventurous new music at the highest level in New York City and around the world. Wet Ink: 20 is a collection of work rooted in an interconnected community of contemporary music – a synthesis of the performance practice developed in the “band” atmosphere of Wet Ink’s core septet of composer-performers, and of over a decade of multifaceted work with the frequent collaborators of the Wet Ink Large Ensemble, a collection of 28 renowned NYC-based new music performers whose breadth of experience ranges from performances with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Yarn/Wire to Peter Evans Ensemble and the Evan Parker Electroacoustic Ensemble. 

This visionary music calls for a poetic response.  Audiophile Audition has enlisted Portland poet and avant-garde illuminatus Casey Bush. You don’t have to put the poem under the microscope to see his appreciation of the music of Wet Ink: 20. The four stars awarded this latest project underscores our high commendation.

Wet Ink Ensemble

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Ian Antonio, Erin Lesser, Sam Pluta, Alex Mincek, Kate Soper, Eric Wubbels, and Josh Modney.

Wet Ink: 20

Stick that nose ring in a circuit and turn on the juice.   Where did all these parentheses come from?   Modular forms are the enemy of whimsy, betrayed by the treachery of rhyme.   There can be no break in this dark season of cacophony, one storm front falling on top of another.    A sonic symmetry haunts the bestial provinces.Malformed umbrella helpless against the driving rain.   The phrenologist rudely examines a priest’s cranial bumps during the middle of his sermon.     You have to believe that there is something worth seeing from the heights, otherwise you would not climb first one mountain, and then the next and then the entire range.    There are blank pages in my survival manual.  Be patient with the hunted animal and it will come your way.

—Casey Bush

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