Wed Nov 18 2009
Galapagos Art Space; Thu 19
In the midst of the usual classical suspects’ swinging fall seasons, the post-classical zeitgeist is swelling thanks to the likes of Grammy-winner Osvaldo Golijov (whose musical flavor is as diverse as his classical-meets-klezmer upbringing in Argentina) and Nico Muhly (who rocked ears and noses with his scent opera, Green Aria). It’s not news that such composers have found a home for their works in clubs like Galapagos Art Space.
However, it is news that Galapagos is the setting for 21c Liederabend this week. The brainchild of Beth Morrison Projects, VisionIntoArt, and Opera on Tap is an evening of song by a who’s who of 21st-century composers. Featuring works by both Golijov and Muhly, the program will also include Judd Greenstein’s Kabbalah-inspired Hillula, Corey Dargel’s art-song-via-electropop cycle Sexual Side Effects and excerpts from Soldier Songs by David T. Little, Web hub Dilettante’s first digital composer-in-residence.
Other contributors include scene fixtures Missy Mazzoli, Caleb Burhans, Milica Paranosic, Ted Hearne and Leah Coloff. Kamala Sankaram, a composer, singer and accordionist who has done everything from 17th-century opera La Didione to Philip Glass’s Einstein on the Beach, has created a new piece for the event. These works promise a cocktail of European classical traditions mixed with American pop and rock, spiked with a myriad of international idioms.
Performing are singers whose accolades match those of the composers, including Hila Plitmann, Abigail Fischer and David Adam Moore. Accompanying the evening are the VisionIntoArt ensemble and ebullient guest-star quartet Ethel.—Olivia Giovetti
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