New Amsterdam Presents: Julianna Barwick and yMusic in Indianapolis

As part of New Amsterdam's continuing partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Amsterdam will be curating several concerts with the ISO this season, beginning with a special performance this Sunday night, January 26.
Appearing on the performance is vocalist Julianna Barwick, whose looped vocal compositions defy easy categorization. In recent months she has toured with Sigur Ros, sung with children's choirs in Krakow and Barcelona, and performed at the Guggenheim Museum, architect Phillip Johnson's Glass House and Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival. She's been lauded by NPR and The New York Times as well as Pitchfork and The Fader.
In addition, the six members of yMusic will perform as part of the New Am program. Hailed by NPR as "one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music," yMusic is a group of young performers equally comfortable in the overlapping classical and pop music worlds. The "six hip virtuosi" (Time Out NY) play a unique combination of instruments: string trio, flute, clarinet and trumpet. This orchestration has inspired an expanding repertoire of works by some of today's most important artists. Indie rock luminaries Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Ryan Lott (Son Lux), have crafted instrumental works specifically for the ensemble. On yMusic's debut album, "Beautiful Mechanical," the group pairs these works with pieces by NewAm composers Judd Greenstein, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Gabriel Kahane, a result that was named Time Out New York's #1 Classical Record of 2011.
Also featured on the program is vocalist Kristin Newborn and the Indianapolis Children's Choir performing From Rivers, a piece composed by Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw for the opening of the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.
The next New Am partnership concert is scheduled for Tuesday, May 27, with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.