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Wet Ink Ensemble

Alexander Perrelli

Wet Ink Ensemble 

When: Sun., Jan. 29, 8:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $10
For years the constituents of Wet Ink Ensemble, which formed in 1998, have been playing here, either in other groups or in the diminutive Wet Ink Trio. In fact, two of its members, electronic musician Sam Pluta and saxophonist Alex Mincek, currently live and teach in Chicago, so it’s kind of astonishing that the ensemble’s full seven-piece lineup has never performed here before. Most of the pieces the group will play tonight are originals composed by members, who seem to have each other’s strengths in mind. “Doxa” (2014), which is on pianist Eric Wubbels’s recent CD Duos With Piano (Carrier), features a rain of radiant tones that matches by turn the sharp and sustained sounds of prepared piano and vibraphone. Pluta’s “Broken Symmetries” (2012) contrasts Joshua Modney’s abrasive violin drone with hallucinatory electronic swells and jagged ensemble passages. Kate Soper’s “Cipher” (2012) is a dynamic voice-violin duet that breaks down and restores the meaning of texts by, among others, Sigmund Freud and Jenny Holzer. Saxophonist Alex Mincek will debut a new piece for the whole ensemble, “Harmonielehre” (2016-’17), named after Arnold Shoenberg’s 1911 book. And Wet Ink will also play the dense, constantly changing “Composition No. 116” (1984) by avant-garde jazz composer Anthony Braxton.
— Bill Meyer

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