"A trustworthy purveyor of fresh sounds... The group almost invariably makes the case that what it plays is worth hearing... You couldn't ask for stronger execution"
- Steve Smith, The New York Times
Winner of the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Either/Or is a flexible chamber ensemble based in New York City that presents a repertoire of new and recent chamber music informed equally by American Experimentalism and European avant-garde practice, with special emphasis on artists outside the institutional mainstream and on works exploring nontraditional ensemble formations. Directors Richard Carrick (conductor/piano) and David Shively (percussion/cimbalom) curate its programming, drawing on a broader collective of 17 regular soloists (and guests) to realize the unique requirements of each project. Since its founding in 2004, Either/Or has premiered more than 125 works (as well as dozens of student compositions), toured throughout the US and Sweden, and recorded for labels such as New Focus, New World Records, Starkland, and Sterling Classics.
24 May - Tenri Cultural Institute, NYC
Either/OR team up with distinguished Korean Gugak musicians Gamin and DoYeon Kim to explore different and progressive interactions between these New York and Korean musicians. Featuring open score works by Gamin, DoYeon Kim, Cornelius Cardew, and Richard Carrick and notated music by Yoon-Ji Lee, alongside traditional musics and improvisational scenarios.
18 June - Areté Venue & Gallery, Bklyn
Either/Or presents Interactions, a program of works that focus on essentialized forms of communication. Compositions by John Zorn, Merche Blasco, Zeena Parkins, Gérard Grisey, and Johan Svensson.