Music by Native Americans
Pascal Dusapin: Red Rock
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Indian Songs
The singers dance into the hall playing maracas, and bells and singing. After a Native American invocation, they sing a series of solos, duets and quartets transcribed by ethno-musicologists from the Smithsonian Institution. The four singers sit on an Indian rug and perform Red Rock by Pascal Dusapin, accompanying themselves on authentic Indian percussion instruments. A short pause allows for the preparation of the water, earth, flower petals and mask necessary for the “pièce de résistance”: Karlheinz Stockhausen’s In the sky I’m walking... American Indian Songs. White costumes, gestures (from Stockhausen’s Inori) and dances conceived by the composer serve as the theatrical basis for the entire evening. At the end of the piece, the two singers leave the hall singing “Sacred I have been made”.
The Madrigale Rappresentativo
At the end of the 16th century, the Romans invented a theatrical madrigal linked to the “commedia dell’arte”; the “madrigale rappresentativo” was born. Of all of these works, Banchieri’s L’Anfiparnaso was the most successful. In our version, singers with “commedia dell’arte” masks sing the amusing adventures of the protagonists.
Scelsi, Byzantium, the Alchemists
Byzantine Alleluia of the Roman Rite
Michael Meier: 5 fugues from “Atalanta Fugiens”
Nicholas Isherwood: Ave Praeclara
Giacinto Scelsi: Ogloudouglou, Le Grand Sanctuaire,
3 Songs of Capricorn, 3 Latin Prayers
An altar is prepared with three candles and crystal goblets containing water and earth. The three singers enter, dressed in black, and sing a Byzantine “Alleluia” from Rome, the city which Giacinto Scelsi considered to be the meeting point of the West (North of Rome) and the East (South of Rome). Fugues to ressuscitate a hermaphrodite, transform a toad into a powerful remedy, and other mysteries are followed by a transmutated Ave Maria by Albert the Great, monk and alchemist, written after having a dream in which a real virgin asks him to render hommage to the Virgin Mary, set to music by Nicholas Isherwood using the mode of the byzantine chant. This work is dedicated to the alchemist of sound, Giacinto Scelsi, Count of Ayala Valva, the Roman composer who created a foundation to study Atalanta Fugiens, among other things. His 3 Latin Prayers finish with an Alleluia. This performance is a ritual of movement and singing accompanied by drums, a Thai gong, Japanese temple bowls and an authentic Maya ocarina.
Programs for 6 Singers:
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Stimmung
A new version of this 20th century masterpiece which uses Mongolian “diphonic” singing for the first time.
Hommage to Berio: works by Monteverdi, Francesconi, Berberian and Berio
The music of the greatest living Italian composer is performed with that of his favorite musician from the past, his most talented student and his wife. This concert includes a staged performance of A-ronne.
An “à la carte” program of works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Saraceni, Sigismondo d’India, Mefano, Brizzi, Dusapin, Bussotti, Giraud, Drake, Brophy, Lombardi, Cardi, De Pablo, Isherwood, Berio, Flammer, Holliger, Obst, Francesconi, Menezes, Eötvös, and/or Vieru... a juxtaposition of the two great periods for the madrigal.
Jewish Music: liturgical music, Schönberg, Klein, Mefano
The extraordinary repertoire of old Jewish chant for low male voice is presented with that of the greatest Jewish composer of the 20th century, that of Gideon Klein, who was murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz, and that of prominent avant garde French composer Paul Mefano.
Programs for 5 singers:
Voxelectroacustica I: works by Stockhausen, Nono, Saariaho, Pape, Cage, Isherwood
A short history of electro-acoustic music with voices, from masterpieces from the studios of Cologne, Milan and New York to the most recent techniques from UPIC and IRCAM. This program has it all: tape music using voices, 4 channel and 8 channel tapes with vocal soloists, 4 channel tape and vocal quartet, 4 voices and “real time” electronics... an evening of enchantment with sounds, lights, costumes and incense.
The French Vaudeville: vaudevilles of 18th century Parisian street fairs, works by Cukier, Mozart, Brophy and Isherwood
Humor and eroticism meet in this evening of pleasure.
Programs for 4 singers:
An “à la carte” program of works by Babbitt, Risset, Decoust, Stockhausen, Mefano, Pape, Cage, Baboni Schillingi and Berio
WITH ELLIOTT SHARP: Jazznova: works by McFerrin, Fitzgerald, Dusapin, Rzewski, Reich and Lacy
The world of jazz meets the world of “contemporary music.” Dusapin was influenced by his improvising on the Hammond organ. Bobby McFerrin started his career by being an astonishing proponent of “extended vocal techniques.” Steve Lacy defies all efforts at categorization, as does our partner in this program, Elliott Sharp.
Programs for 3 singers:
Singing and Recitation: works by Aperghis, Cage, Berberian, Flammer and Schnebel
When the singer’s voice and the actor’s voice are one.
East Meets West: works by Dao, Platz, Pagh Paan, Isherwood, and Cage
When Western composers are seduced by the music of the East and vice-versa.