Ensemble Either/Oris a flexible chamber ensemble based in New York City. Founded in 2004 by pianist/composer Richard Carrick and percussionist David Shively, Either/Or presents compelling new and recent works for unconventional ensemble formations rarely heard elsewhere. Equally informed in American experimentalism and in the European avant-garde, Either/Or performs a repertoire that challenges categorization but shares a common focus on sonic exploration and the unique energy of live performance. In addition to ongoing collaborations with emerging artists, Either/Or has brought distinguished composers such as Helmut Lachenmann (2008), Paolo Aralla (2009), Chaya Czernowin (2010, 2011), Karin Rehnqvist (2012), and Rebecca Saunders (2013) to New York for portrait concerts and lectures. Either/Or released its first two CDs in 2011, on Starkland and on New World Records.
“[Either/Or is] a new and first-rate new-music ensemble” –The New York Times