Photo by Graham Tolbert


The Staves and yMusic

Dec. 1
8 p.m.
Dec. 2
7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
$32; $25.60 members
Americana, Classical, Folk, Pop, Singer-Songwriter

The matchmaker behind this collaboration between English folk trio the Staves and the hip New York chamber ensemble yMusic is Justin Vernon, who commissioned a joint performance piece for his 2016 Eaux Claires Festival. Sisters Jessica, Camilla, and Emily Staveley-Taylor, who are rooted in British folk traditions, match wondrous harmony vocals to spare arrangements; Vernon produced the Staves’ second album and coaxed out touches of Carole King pop, Laurel Canyon, and the Roches’ New Jersey from the trio. The sextet yMusic displays virtuosic technique, appreciates whimsy and the avant-garde equally, and conducts an almost spiritual quest to explore the confluence of classical, pop, folk, and indie rock. The Way Is Read, the collaborative album between the Staves and yMusic, deconstructs genre expectations and reimagines them with thrilling new twists. “Courting Is a Pleasure,” for instance, juxtaposes mournful folk against classical dissonance while individual instruments peck at the piece with frantic flourishes.