Ensemble Bio

Praised by The New York Times as "an ensemble that plays by its own rules" and "a trustworthy purveyor of new sounds,” Either/Or has been at the forefront of New York's contemporary music scene since 2004. Winner of the 2015 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, Either/Or focuses on new, recently composed, and rare works for various and often times unconventional instrumentations. Curated by Co-Directors Richard Carrick and David Shively, the groups programming is brought to life by its roster of 17 world-class musicians and special guests.

Either/Or has performed throughout the Northeast at venues including Philadelphia Museum of Art, ICA Boston, Miller Theatre, The Kitchen, as well as California and Swedish tours and frequent appearances at local experimental music venues such as The Stone, Roulette, and ISSUE Project Room.

Either/Or’s programming is aesthetically inclusive, ranging from the American Experimental tradition (Cage, Feldman, Lucier, Ashley) to the historical and contemporary European avant-garde, with a special emphasis on composers working outside the institutional mainstream. The group has premiered more than 200 works since its inception, not including dozens of student compositions. They have worked closely with many leaders in contemporary composition including George Lewis, Zeena Parkins, Beat Furrer, John Zorn, Miya Masaoka, Elliott Sharp, Helmut Lachenmann, Anthony Coleman, and Thomas Meadowcroft. Either/Or has received great acclaim for its numerous career-spanning portrait concerts, all of which were firsts in the US. Portrait composers include Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana Maria Avram, Chaya Czernowin, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Horatiu Radulescu, Karin Rehnqvist, Rebecca Saunders, Hans Thomalla, and Raphaël Cendo. The group brought many of these composers to New York City for public lectures and teaching engagements.

Either/Or has released ten full-length recordings of works commissioned or premiered by them on New World Records, Edition Moderne, Starkland, and Sterling labels. www.eitherormusic.org


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…