Monday, February 26, 2024

Tiny Desk Live performance : NPR

Again in 2008, the identical yr my colleagues Bob Boilen and Stephen Thompson dreamt up the concept for these Tiny Desk live shows, a cohort of freelance musicians shaped in New York, calling itself yMusic (referring to “Gen Y” millennials). That random aligning of planets has now resulted on this terrific efficiency on the NPR workplace house with 4 authentic compositions in a musical language that borrows from classical and pop however may solely be yMusic.

The band’s distinctive sound is born not solely from the tight development and efficiency of the music, but in addition from the yMusic’s quirky setup. What number of different sextets of trumpet, clarinet, flute, violin, viola and cello are you aware?

The set opens with “Zebras,” impressed by the frenzied clicking keys of Mark Dover’s bass clarinet. Music emerges softly however takes flight when flutist Alex Sopp doubles on vocals. Chugging rhythms propel “Flood” as solos are handed round, whereas the extra contemplative “Peter Inn” showcases beautiful muted colours within the winds, with intrepid trumpeter CJ Camerieri switching to French horn. “The Wolf” closes the set with yMusic rising to its loudest, pushed by a intelligent yipping theme within the winds as cello and viola slide up the size.

yMusic is totally at dwelling backing up the likes of Paul Simon, The Nationwide and Soiled Projectors, or performing music it has commissioned from immediately’s prime composers together with Andrew Norman and Caroline Shaw at upscale venues like Carnegie Corridor. Genres be damned.


  • “Zebras”
  • “Flood”
  • “Peter Inn”
  • “The Wolf”


  • Alex Sopp: flutes, voice
  • Mark Dover: clarinets
  • CJ Camerieri: trumpet, horn
  • Rob Moose: violin
  • Nadia Sirota: viola
  • Gabriel Cabezas: cello


  • Producer: Tom Huizenga 
  • Director/Editor: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
  • Sequence Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Body, Elizabeth Gillis
  • Audio Assistant: Josephine Nyouani
  • Photographer: Catie Boring
  • Tiny Desk Group: Suraya Mohamed, Maia Stern, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer
  • Sequence Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

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