Exclusive Video: “Gretchen am Spinnrade” (Wubbels) Performed by Mariel Roberts

Today, we have an exclusive video of cellist Mariel Roberts and composer/pianist Eric Wubbels performing Wubbels’ Gretchen am Spinnrade.

Roberts’ second album Cartography, which comes out this Friday, May 19th on New Focus Recordings, features Wubbels’ Gretchen am Spinnrade in addition to works by George Lewis, Davíð Brynjar Franzson, and a collaborative piece Roberts wrote with Cenk Ergun.

The album release concert will also take place on Friday, May 19th at 7:00pm at National Sawdust.

About Mariel Roberts:

“Trailblazing” cellist Mariel Roberts (Feast of Music) is widely recognized as a deeply dedicated interpreter of contemporary music. Recent performances have garnered praise for her “technical flair and exquisite sensitivity” (American Composers Forum), as well as her ability to “couple youthful vision with startling maturity”. (InDigest Magazine). Roberts’ work emphasizes expanding the technical and expressive possibilities of her instrument through close relationships with innovative performers and composers of her generation. Her passion for collaboration and experimentation has led her to premiere hundreds of new works by both emerging and established artists.

Roberts has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across four continents, most notably as a member of the Mivos String Quartet, as well as Wet Ink Ensemble and Ensemble Signal. She performs regularly on major stages for new music such as the Lincoln Center Festival (NYC), Wien Modern (Austria), Lucerne Festival(Switzerland), Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Klang Festival (Denmark), Shanghai New Music Week (China), Darmstadt Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Germany), and Aldeburgh Music Festival (UK). Roberts has been featured as a chamber musician on recordings for Innova, Albany Records, New World Records, New Amsterdam, Carrier Records, New Focus, and Urtext Records.  

About Eric Wubbels:

Eric Wubbels (b.1980) is a composer, pianist, and Co-Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble. His music has been performed throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S., by groups such as Wet Ink Ensemble, Mivos Quartet,  yarn|wire, Kupka’s Piano (AUS), Berlin PianoPercussion, Ensemble Linea (FR), New York New Music, SCENATET (DK), Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and Talea Ensemble, and featured on festivals including Huddersfield Festival, Zurich Tage für Neue Musik, Chicago Symphony MusicNOW, and MATA Festival.

The recipient of a 2016 Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Wubbels has beenawarded commissioning grants from Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program, ISSUE Project Room, MATA Festival, Barlow Endowment, Jerome Foundation, New Music USA, and Yvar Mikhashoff Trust, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony (2011, 2016), Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Civitella Ranieri Center.