Yarn/Wire, a groundbreaking two-piano/two-percussion quartet active in the New York area since 2005, will be launching a new artist residency at the Issue Project Room next Thursday, March 22, with a concert featuring commissioned pieces by International Contemporary Ensemble percussionist Nathan Davis and noise-sculptor Pete Swanson, formerly of Yellow Swans.
From the git-go I’ve had a hard time imagining what Swanson intends to do with an all-acoustic ensemble. The answer, it turns out, is “nothing” – he’ll be enfolding the group in tape and live processing. Still, the scratch track Swanson has posted to Soundcloud makes for some fascinating listening; I love when the tuned toms (or Roto-toms?) come in just after the six-minute mark.
If you follow Yarn/Wire on Twitter, you already know that Davis is cooking up something special for this concert, too. It’s free, and you can make reservations here.