Ensemble Bio

Praised by The New York Times as "an ensemble that plays by its own rules" (2009) and "a trustworthy purveyor of new sounds" (2013), Either/Or has been at the forefront of New York's contemporary music scene since 2004. Winner of the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming, Either/Or focuses on new and recent works for unconventional ensembles rarely heard elsewhere. Co-directors Richard Carrick and David Shively curate its programming, drawing on the Either/Or roster of 17 regular musicians alongside special guests.  Performances throughout the Northeast, including Philadelphia Museum of Art, ICA Boston, Miller Theatre, The Kitchen, as well as a recent Swedish tour and frequent appearances at experimental music venues such as The Stone, Roulette, and Issue Project Room.

Aesthetically, the Either/Or programming explores equally the products of an American Experimental tradition (as traceable via artists such as Cage, Feldman, Lucier, Ashley) and of a European avant-garde, with a special emphasis on composers working outside the institutional mainstream.  Either/Or has presented the first US portrait concerts for composers such as Chaya Czernowin, Horatiu Radulescu, Karin Rehnqvist, Rebecca Saunders, Hans Thomalla, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, bringing most of these composers to New York City for public lectures and teaching engagements.

Either/Or has premiered more than 100 new works in past seasons, not including dozens of student compositions.  Artists commissioned by Either/Or include Anthony Coleman, George Lewis, Keeril Makan, Miya Masaoka, Zeena Parkins, and Elliott Sharp.  Either/Or has released CD recordings of composers Keeril Makan (Starkland, 2011), Richard Carrick (New World, 2011, 2015), Karin Rehnqvist (Sterling, 2013), and Anthony Coleman (New World, 2014) as well as having further titles in preparation from Makan, Elliott Sharp, and Morton Feldman.

Either/Or and its directors have been Artists in Residence at MIT (2014), SUNY-Buffalo (2013), the New School for Social Research (2010) and New York University (2008-9). Educational activities have included course instruction, master classes, open rehearsals, readings, and premieres of student works. 


Artistic Directors

 Photo Credit: Peter Nigrini

Photo Credit: Peter Nigrini

Richard Carrick

Richard Carrick is a New York based composer, pianist and conductor.  Described as “charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness” by Allan Kozinn of The New York Times, Richard Carrick's music has been performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Japan by the New York Philharmonic (Ensemble Series), Vienna’s Konzerthaus, ISCM World Music Days, Darmstadt Summer Festival, the Nieuw Ensemble, the JACK Quartet, Tony Arnold, Magnus Andersson, Rohan de Saraam and others.    Recent works include Prisoner's Cinema for large ensemble and image projection, Harmonixity for Saxophone Quartet, Adagios for String Orchestra, and The Flow Cycle for Strings ( released on New World Records in 2011).  As a pianist and conductor he regularly premieres new works, working closely with composers including Lachenmann, Czernowin, Radulescu, Lewis, Greenwood, Rehnqvist, Saunders, Sharp and others. He teaches composition at Columbia University, New York University and for the New York Philharmonic and has guest lectured about his music in Japan, South Korea, Sweden, France, Germany, The Netherlands and the US. 

 Photo Credit: Rob miller

Photo Credit: Rob miller

David Shively

David Shively performs concert and installation works in media ranging from Hungarian cimbalom to analog electronics and feedback systems.  Solo appearances throughout North America and Europe include Dia:Beacon, EMPAC, Miller Theatre, Performa 09, SONiC Festival, Spectrum XXI, the American Academy in Rome, Other Minds 13, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Wittner Tage für neue Kammermusik, and Münchener Biennale. Other ongoing projects include the noise/drone band UllU, composing for dance, folk musics of Eastern Europe, and a wide range of work as an improviser.  Recordings for Starkland, New World, Edition Modern, Tzadik, Mode, Quecksilber, and other labels in addition to works for film, sound installation, and radio broadcast…