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Festival For New American Music: Ensemble Dal Niente

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Sound, perception, and meaning interact in strange ways in this program of solos, duos, and trios for mixed instrumentation. Kate Soper’s Only The Words Themselves Mean What They Say combines vocal and flute textures into a single, desperately addled reading of Lydia Davis’ “slyly profound” text; Erin Gee’s Yamiguchi Mouthpieces for voice explores the sonic possibilities of the mouth itself; and Eliza Brown’s 2013 trio opens a window to a strange society of three parties – soprano, cello, and electronics – who attempt, slowly and paradoxically, to both integrate themselves with and isolate themselves from one another. Meanwhile, Joel Durand’s In The Mirror Land and Murat Çolak’s NEFES.PAS.ÇIRA.ISI combine their two sets of instruments in ways that twist the ear’s perception; and George Crumb’s Madrigals book II sets the text of poet Federico Garcia Lorca to music that is by turns frantic and haunting.


Erin Gee, Yamiguchi Mouthpieces for voice
Kate Soper, Only The Words Themselves Mean What They Say for soprano + flute
Eliza Brown, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen for soprano, cello, fixed electronics
George Crumb, Madrigals book II
Murat Colak, NEFES.PAS.ÇIRA.ISI for piccolo and percussion
Joel Durand, In the Mirror Land for Flute and Clarinet