November 5, 2019, 7:30pm
National Opera Center
(330 7th Ave 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001)
A intimate evening of chamber vocal music. Every year, we select a featured piece to set the tone for the Showcase. Last year, we selected Paola Prestini’s Body Maps, years before we have selected pieces by Kate Soper, Alex Burtzos and Nina Young, and commissioned a piece written collaboratively by Devony Smith and Spencer Snyder. This year, we present the world premiere of a commissioned piece from Kaley Lane Eaton.
Kaley Lane Eaton
Pychographics, Kaley Lane Eaton (World Premiere)
Text by Kaley Lane Eaton
Mezzo Soprano, Soprano, Percussion, Cello, Live Electronics
The work will explore how tech corporations have feminized digital personal assistants, and what this implies about society's relationship to both women and technology. This work will explore this concept from the perspective of a woman in our society, and will focus on exposing our collective unconscious bias towards women through providing some narrative ambiguity to the audience.
Song of the Redwood-Tree, Sunny Knable (2013)
Text by Walt Whitman
Soprano, Bassoon, Piano
A piece exploring the natural beauty of the United States against the backdrop of the American dream.
Portraits of Disquiet, Julia Seeholzer (2016 - New York Premiere)
Text by Kendall A.
Soprano and Piano
From the composer: Portraits of Disquiet is a song cycle for treble voice and piano that uses three poems by my friend and collaborator, Kendall A. When I first read "As yet untitled", I was immediately flooded with feelings of longing, doubt, frustration, hope - feeling small and alone, but knowing that everyone must feel this way, as if we are all in an infinite network of alone-ness. Kendall's poem 'Prayer at my parting", about a child growing up and leaving their religious family, is something so many of us can relate to as well - feeling intense "otherness" and needing the difficult self-extraction from a strict family environment. "Black and Blue" is Kendall's response to one of many horrific acts of police brutality in America. All three poems spoke to me as having a quiet narrative between one another. I found them intensely personal, and yet they speak with a sort of universality about the contemporary American condition to which so many of us might relate.