Summer is off to a great start-or spring is going out with a bang...
I just sang Louis Andriessen's La Passione with the phenomenal Ensemble Signal. For those who don't know this tremendous piece, it comprises six songs for amplified soprano/solo violin [played by rockstar Courtney Orlando]. We performed last Saturday at the new music festival June in Buffalo. It was incredible to be ensconced in the sound of the ensemble; the gig was one of the highlights of my career thus far.
Andriessen extracted the texts from Canti Orfici, Dino Campana's large collection of poems that date from the early 20th century. Campana [1885-1932] is thought to be one of the greatest Italian poets of the 20th century. A voracious reader (to say the least) who had a bit of wanderlust, his behavior was erratic; he spent much of his adult life in mental institutions. Despite his emotional obstacles, Canti Orfici is deemed a masterpiece by many critics.
In mid-July I'll make a trip to the Bang on a Can Summer Institute to perform Rob Honstein's We choose to go to the moon, for voice and cello. I look very forward to collaborating with the lovely and talented Liz Lee.
I'll sing at the Detroit Institute of Arts in early August, with Amphion Percussion and clarinetist Lisa Raschiatore. Check my calendar for more information; programing details to be listed mid-July.
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