April 15, 2023 at 7:30PM, at Saint Peter’s Church in Chelsea, Ekmeles sings four world premiere commissions, as well as a live premieres of a work previously only recorded during quarantine.
LI Qi’s flower isn’t flower sets Tang dynasty poetry by 8th-9th century poet BAI Juyi, reaching into the past for an expression of impermanence. Nick Dunston’s Mothership on the other hand goes into the future, taking inspiration from Octavia E. Butler’s Xenogenesis, and building a science fiction hivemind unity from the six voices of the ensemble.
Zosha Di Castri’s New Work is a kind of vocal timelapse, being written 10 years after her first piece for Ekmeles. It also deals with time and memory in its text, setting various fragments of Sappho, partially redacted by time and decay of sources. Stratis Minakakis also draws on ancient Greek texts, in his exploration of the Ajax story in his New Work. Shadowy microtonal figures evoke the machinations of the gods behind the story of the soldier second only to Achilles in heroes of the Trojan War. Arash Yazdani’s New Work concludes this trio of pieces drawing inspiration from Western Asia, exploring the acoustic phenomena of the voice with reference to traditional Iranian music.
- LI Qi – flower isn’t flower (2021) Live Premiere
- Nick Dunston – Mothership (2022) World Premiere
- Arash Yazdani – New Work (2022) World Premiere
- Stratis Minakakis – New Work (2022) World Premiere
- Zosha Di Castri – New Work (2022) World Premiere
Total duration of the program is approximately 75 minutes without intermission.
Personnel for concert
- Charlotte Mundy, soprano
- Elisa Sutherland, mezzo soprano
- Timothy Parsons, countertenor
- Steven Bradshaw, tenor
- Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director
- Steven Hrycelak, bass
Ekmeles’s 2022-2023 season is made possible with funds from the Amphion Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund, The Fritz Reiner Center for Contemporary Music, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.