I've been lax updating this site, a case of avoidance therapy about practicing, and the beginning-of-the-semester bustle. A complete calendar update is coming soon, but I'm emerging from my cocoon to announce that I am excited about this Sunday's Ensemble X concert. Ensemble X is a contemporary music ensemble consisting of faculty at Cornell and Ithaca College, and because the estimable Xak Bjerken is out of town, I'm humbled to have the opportunity to grab the curatorial rudder for this show.The program is called An American Tune, and features new and recent works that, as a whole, explore particularly "American" approaches to melody and song. In addition to the world premiere of bubble-wrap virtuoso Tonia Ko's Blue Skin of the Sea, we'll hear a new arrangement of Peabody Friend Daniel Thomas Davis' Real Country, a tour of the rural south through song, Timo Andres' serene Fast Flows the River, and Andy Akiho's crisp and Mondrian-ian LIgNEouS.
We'll also be joined by fabulous soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon for a set of songs from Anna Lindemann, George Perle, Undine Smith Moore, Florence Price, and John Cage. As an alternative to the Super Bowl, it can't be beaten (or deflated).
More info is here.
Hope to post a recording/video/photo of this soon!