Nick Dunston and Mosaic Orchestra at the Abrons Arts Center, June 22

Wet Ink Set appears at the Playhouse Theater in Abrons Art Center for Concerts AIR 04 Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. The band Wet Ink is joined by innovative improvisers, including bassoonist Katherine Young (also artist-in-residence 2021-22), singer Charmaine Lee and trombonist Weston Olencki.

The program features the premiere of a new work, “Reverse Broadcast,” by 2021-22 Artist-In-Residence and bassist Nick Dunston, commissioned by Wet Ink Ensemble as part of Dunston’s residency.

“Reverse Broadcast begins with an exploration of radio – its origins, technology and, most importantly, its cultural and psychological consequences – then immediately reverses those consequences into a powerful musical embodiment,” says Dunston.

The evening also includes the debut of The Mosaic Orchestra, a collective project that brings together Wet Ink and renowned creative musicians to create a large-scale, non-hierarchical new work. Co-composed over several days of workshops, Mosaic Orchestra will combine structure and openness while offering a place of genesis for a shared performative practice.

Wet Ink’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program provides an open platform for singer-songwriters to create new work for/with Wet Ink, perform with the ensemble, showcase their own projects solo and bands and working with Wet’s open, collaborative Ink model in any way they find meaningful”.

Wet Ink AIR Concerts 04: Nick Dunston / Mosaic Orchestra

Wednesday June 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
Playhouse Theater at the Abrons Art Center | 466 Grand St (at Pitt St) | NY, NY 10002
Tickets: $10 general admission, free for students


Wet Ink Ensemble with guest artists
Nick Dunston, bass (artist in residence 2021-22)
Katherine Young, bassoon (artist in residence 2021-22)
Weston Olencki, trombone
Nina Guo, voice
Charmaine Lee, voice
Kate Sopervoice
Erin Lesser, flutes
Alex Mincek, saxophone
Eric Wubbels, piano
Ian Antoniopercussion
Josh Modney, violin
Lester Saint Louiscello
Sam Pluta, electronics
Mette Rasmussen, alto saxophone

Nick Dunston: Reverse Broadcast
Mosaic Orchestra

The Wet Ink Ensemble is a collective of composers, performers and improvisers dedicated to adventurous musical creation. Named “The Best Classical Music Ensemble of 2018” by The New York Times, Wet Ink’s work is rooted in a philosophy of collaborative innovation, spanning music and the unique performance practice developed in the “group” atmosphere of the basic set of Wet Ink. of singer-songwriters, to projects with a wide range of renowned creators, from Evan Parker to George Lewis to Peter Ablinger, and engaged interpretations of music by underrepresented young composers, from today’s most promising emerging voices to the next generation of artists.

Praised for its “sublimely exploratory” (The Chicago Reader) and “dense, wild, yet artfully controlled” (The New York Times) performances and “the uncompromising original music of its members, and its unwavering belief in the power of collaboration (The New Yorker), Wet Ink has been presenting new music concerts at the highest level in New York and around the world for more than 20 years. Wet Ink’s lineup celebrates the connection between composition, improvisation and performance, from early collaborations with Christian Wolff and ZS to pioneering portrait concerts of Peter Ablinger, Mathias Spahlinger, Anthony Braxton and AACM composers, working with creative musicians renowned such as Ingrid Laubrock, Peter EvansDarius Jones and Katherine Young, and long-term collaborative projects with the four acclaimed songwriter members of Wet Ink (Alex Mincek, Sam Pluta, Kate Soper, and Eric Wubbels). In May 2020, the ensemble launched Wet Ink Archive, an online journal of adventurous music featuring writings and recordings from a wide range of artists (please visit at

Wet Ink has been in residence at institutions such as duke university, EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre), Columbia University, the Royal Academy of Music (UK) and The Walden School, among others, and has been featured on numerous recordings. Highlights include Katharina Rosenberger’s TEXTUREN, which won a German Record Critics Award, and solo records by Alex Mincek (Torrent), Kate Soper (IPSA DIXIT), Sam Pluta (Broken Symmetries), Eric Wubbels (Piano Duets, Book 1) and Josh Modney (Engage), all of whom have been celebrated on various “Best of” lists by The New York Times, The New Yorker , Bandcamp Daily, Sequenza 21 and The Nation. Wet Ink has released four acclaimed solo albums (Wet Ink Ensemble; Relay; Wet Ink: 20, which includes the Wet Ink Large Ensemble; and Glossolalia/Lines on Black).

Wet Ink is co-led by an octet of world-class composers, improvisers and performers who collaborate like a band, writing, improvising, preparing and touring pieces together over extended periods of time. These directors are Erin Lesser (flutes), Alex Mincek (saxophone), Ian Antonio (percussion), Eric Wubbels (piano), Josh Modney (violin), Mariel Roberts (cello), Kate Soper (vocals) and Sam Pluta (electronics). The Wet Ink Large Ensemble is a group of extraordinary musicians from New York who come together to play the most exciting and innovative music in the world. Learn more about

Nick Dunston is a Berlin-based composer, improviser and acoustic and electroacoustic bassist. “A key player in the New York avant-garde” (New York Times), his professional appearances have also covered a variety of venues and festivals across North America and Europe. He has performed with many artists such as Marc RibotChes Smith, Iman Uzuri, Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, Anna Webber, Amirtha Kidambi and Vijay Iyer. As a recording artist, he released 3 albums under his name which received critical acclaim from publications such as The Wire, Downbeat Magazine and Rolling Stone. As a composer he has been commissioned by artists such as Bang on a Can, Ex-Aequo, Johnny Gandelsman, TROMPO, Joanna Mattrey and Clifton Joey Guidry III. In 2019, he received the Roulette Intermedium Van Lier Scholarship, which supported the premieres of The Floor is Lava! for double bass quintet and La Operación, a transmedia opera in the making. Other notable projects include: Skultura, a Berlin-based electroacoustic quartet; banjer, a solo project for prepared banjo and electronics; and Atlantic Extraction, an international improv quintet. Learn more about

The Wet Ink Ensemble’s 23rd concert season is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, The Fritz Reiner Columbia University Fund, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Aaron Copland Music Fund, BMI Foundation General Grants Program and Amphion Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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