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EMPAC Video Archive 2008–2018

Wet Ink: cipher - Kate Soper

April 18,2014

The new music composer/performer collective Wet Ink produces some of the most current and “living” American music today. Based in New York City, they have grown into a formidable vehicle for new music as a presenting organization and as two performing ensembles. The music of Wet Ink takes its vernacular from the European avant-garde, but views it through a distinctly New York lens—at times visceral and unrelenting, but still maintaining a complexity and richness in structure and sound. The members of the ensemble collaborate in a band-like fashion—writing, improvising, and preparing pieces together over long stretches of time.


Of Concentric Circles (for Alvin Lucier)* - Alex Mincek
BOOK OF RETURNS* - Peter Ablinger
katachi, part I - Eric Wubbels
cipher - Kate Soper
Broken Symmetries (or the Masses of Gauge Bosons) - Sam Pluta

* World premiere

Wet Ink
Erin Lesser - flutes
Joshua Modney - violin
Ian Antonio - percussion
Kate Soper - vocals
Alex Mincek - saxophones
Eric Wubbels - piano
Sam Pluta - electronics


For more than a decade, the New York City-based Wet Ink Ensemble has presented concerts featuring consistently diverse, fresh, and exciting repertoire. The group has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by many of today’s most promising emerging composers, while also continually collaborating with a broad range of renowned international artists.

In 2008, Wet Ink began a series of residencies with various arts organizations. In the fall of 2008, the group was the featured ensemble at The Kitchen's retrospective of music by AACM composers. Since then, they have been engaged in residencies at the Walden School, Amherst College, Northern Illinois University, UC San Diego, Santa Clara University, Sacramento State University, UC Davis, and at the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (Miller Theater, NYC). Wet Ink is currently in its second year as ensemble in residence at Duke University.

Wet Ink is active as a recording ensemble, and has an extensive discography. The group’s recording of Katharina Rosenberger’s Texturen (2012) was selected by the Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and The Wire magazine as one of the best releases of 2012. Wet Ink recently released its second solo album, Relay, which was recorded during a residency at EMPAC.