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Wet Ink Ensemble- Relay / TEXTUREN Tour

Wet Ink Ensemble travels to Switzerland for its first international tour, in support of two recent CD releases on hatART and Carrier.

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EMPAC in April!

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Wet Ink Ensemble

Wet Ink is thrilled to be bringing our 2014 tour program back Stateside, with a special performance at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy, NY.  We recorded our first album for our 7-member touring ensemble, RELAY, at EMPAC a couple of years ago.  We’re grateful to be returning to perform at this amazing facility.

Wet Ink will perform world premieres by Alex Mincek and Peter Ablinger, plus works from our touring repertoire by Sam Pluta, Kate Soper, and Eric Wubbels.

Kate Soper’s “Cipher” for soprano and violin will be included on the EMPAC program, please check out the video here!

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Success in Switzerland

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Wet Ink Ensemble

The first part of Wet Ink’s RELAY/TEXTUREN tour in Lucerne, CH was a wonderful experience.  We gave two consecutive concerts to capacity crowds at Südpol, presented by the Forum Neue Musik Luzern, featuring works from two of our recent albums: TEXTUREN, a large-scale suite of works by Katharina Rosenberger, and RELAY, Wet Ink’s first album featuring our core ensemble of seven composer/performers.  

Wet Ink also had the opportunity to present a master class at the Luzern Hochschule, which included lectures on composition and interaction with student performers.  Two of the students had prepared a work for saxophone duo by Wet Ink Artistic Director Alex Mincek (“Karate”) – it was fantastic to see their dedication and enthusiasm for the music!

Our heartfelt thanks to NewMusicUSA for supporting our endeavors with a generous Project Grant.  We will be posting more details soon about the rest of the project, including the next leg of our tour at EMPAC in Troy, NY, and more!


During the 2012-13 season, the Wet Ink Ensemble released two new albums that showcase the group’s unique brand of ensemble virtuosity and penchant for sonic exploration. 

“TEXTUREN,” a portrait CD of L.A.-based composer Katharina Rosenberger was released by hatART, the iconic Swiss label for avant-garde music, and was recognized in The WIRE as one of the year’s best contemporary music releases in addition to garnering a prestigious German Record Critic’s Associations Prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik). Wet Ink’s performances were praised in the Swiss press as “fantastic…combining striking stylistic and aesthetic assurance with technical perfection.” (Torsten Möller, Dissonanz)

Wet Ink’s second solo album, RELAY, was recorded during a residency at EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy, NY. This album consists of works written for the group by George Lewis, Rick Burkhardt, Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Kate Soper, and Eric Wubbels, showcasing the ensemble’s unique performance practice and stylistic versatility.  The works on RELAY were performed and toured for two years prior to being recorded, resulting in an intensity and precision seldom found in concert music recordings.

The release of these albums has led to a series of invitations to perform at festivals abroad, the first of which will take place in January of 2014 in Switzerland presented by the Forum Neue Musik Luzern. Wet Ink will travel to Switzerland to perform two concerts of music centering around the theme “Voice and Electronics,” with works by Katharina Rosenberger, Kate Soper, Sam Pluta, and Eric Wubbels, as well as premiering newly commissioned works by Peter Ablinger and Alex Mincek.

In addition to being a milestone for the group, these performances represent an ideal chance for Wet Ink to reach new audiences, gain valuable international exposure, and tour in support of work that we feel is some of our strongest. These performances will allow us to extend the reach and impact of our most recently released albums, ensuring that they continue to reach new ears and enter into dialogue with other musical communities. 

Beyond the performances in Switzerland, the ensemble will further extend the impact of this project by repeating these programs in concerts at EMPAC (in Troy, NY) and in New York City, on April 18th and 19th of 2014. These concerts will allow the welcome opportunity to bring these tour programs back home, both to EMPAC (where RELAY  was recorded) and to New York City, Wet Ink’s home for 15 seasons.  


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Katharina Rosenberger- TEXTUREN
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performed by and written for the WET INK ENSEMBLE
released on hat[now]ART, Fall 2012

Kate Soper- Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say (from RELAY)
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Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say (2010-11)
For voice and flute
By Kate Soper
Text by Lydia Davis
Performed by Wet Ink Ensemble (Kate Soper, voice, and Erin Lesser, flutes)
Recorded at EMPAC, August 6 2012

from the album RELAY, on Carrier Records

Eric Wubbels- katachi I-II (from RELAY)
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from the album RELAY, on Carrier Records
recorded at EMPAC, August 2012

performed by the Wet Ink Ensemble
Erin Lesser (flutes), Alex Mincek (saxophone, bass clarinet), Kate Soper (voice, objects), Ian Antonio (percussion), Josh Modney (violin), Eric Wubbels (piano), Sam Pluta (electronics)

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The Wet Ink Ensemble is a collective of composers, performers and improvisers dedicated to adventurous music-making. Named “The Best Classical Music Ensemble of 2018” by The New York Times, Wet Ink’s work is rooted in an ethos of innovation through collaboration, extending from the music and the unique performance practice developed in the “band” atmosphere of…


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