Huge thank you to Splinter Reeds for a superb performance of 'Letters To A Friend' last night! Dedicated to my dearly departed friend, Alessia Pugliatti, the piece is a musical transmission of Augusto de Campos' poem 'O Pulsar'. The evening's trailblazing program included 'Babbling' by Ken Ueno and Tom Johnson's 'Narayana's Cows' narrated by the one and only Pamela Z.
Vajra Voices member Cheryl Moore said, 'if Hobbits went to church this is where they'd go' - - and truly it was a Hobbit-like evening in the Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco with a wonderful program by Vajra Voices, including the first part of 'To Burst To Bloom', a new work in the making setting the texts of 12th Century Chinese Female Adept, Sun Bu'er.
I've been hiding away working on a piece for the 8 member women's vocal ensemble, Vajra Voices, setting a collection of texts by the 12th Century Taoist priestess and adept, Sun Bu'er. Stay tuned for upcoming performances of this piece to come in the Bay Area.
Our setup for Harbors at The Substation in Melbourne, a former power plant in the district of Newport in Melbourne. Huge thanks to Liquid Architecture and Joel Stern for making this all happen!
We have entered the alternate reality of MOFO - an amazing festival of music at the MONA museum, curated by Brian Ritchie. On the frying pan peninsula of Moorilla near Hobart, Tasmania, Ellen has installed her Long String Instrument in the Nolan Gallery of the infamous MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) - my now new favorite art museum. We did multiple performances of Harbors during the 3 day festival and had the added bonus of visiting my Dad's old stomping grounds in Tazzie.
First stop of a 3 week Australian tour with Ellen Fullman - Sidney Festival 2017! We had the enormous treat of performing at the Centennial Hall in downtown Sidney. Our evening bill included solo sets by the one and only Okkyung Lee on cello and Chris Abrahams playing the 9,000+ piped Grand Organ.
Workshop and performance of Lips of Lapis Lazuli - such a necessary sonic purge and collective sounding during the week of this year's in-credible and jolting election. The closing event of Songs for Women Living with War could not have been a more fitting gathering with performances by Rhodessa Jones, WigBand and Evelie Posch. Special thanks to my fearless core of singers: Karen Clark, Julia Dashe, Ghyslaine Gau, Jean-Philippe Derail, Anne Esmonde, Annie Hallet, Ellen Fullman, Aurora Josephson, Agnes Szelag, Celeste Winant and curator Johanna Poethig.
I made a couple of stops on a day off in Paris after performing an exhilarating duo set with violist Frantz Loriot. Autumn light here on the floor of Sainte-Chapelle and No. 12 Rue de l'Odéon - where Sylvia Beach ran the famed bookstore Shakespeare & Company, and where she first published James Joyce's Ulysses. Across the street at No.7 was Adrienne Monnier's bookstore La Maison des Amis des Livres. So much history from 1920's Paris to absorb on this street. Now off to some shows in Zürich, Basel and Lucerne with Frantz and saxophonist Christian Kobi.
Performing Harbors at ARCOOP in Geneva and so thrilled to be working with Sound Vision and Ensemble Vide to transform the space of the loading dock to this artists' cooperative. Ellen Fullman's Long String Instrument was stunning to behold in this space.
I couldn't resist the chance to float down the Aare River with our tech crew from Dampfzentrale in Bern Switzerland...