March 4th 8PM, at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, presented by the Americas Society, Ekmeles performs works of the Americas.
Ekmeles performs works by composers of the Americas focused on language and communication. Marc Sabat’s Seeds of Skies Alibis is the most ambitious and largest-scale microtonal work that Ekmeles has yet commissioned, stretching 40+ minutes of complex pitch ratios to describe the origin of the world through Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Paired with this will be, Hilda Paredes’s Fragmentos de Altazor, setting Vicente Huidobro’s metaphysical text; portions of Mauricio Kagel’s Der Turm zu Babel, telling the biblical story of the Tower of Babel in many different languages; and 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music winner Tania León’s De-Orishas, sparkling in its evocation of a variety of musical styles.
- Marc Sabat – Seeds of Skies, Alibis (2018)
- Tania León – De-Orishas (1988)
- Mauricio Kagel – Der Turm zu Babel (2002)
- Hilda Paredes – Fragmentos de Altazor (2010)
Personnel for concert
- Charlotte Mundy, soprano
- Joy Tamayo, soprano
- Elisa Sutherland, mezzo soprano
- Tim Keeler, countertenor
- Nathaniel Barnett, tenor
- Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director
- Steven Hrycelak, bass
Ekmeles’s 2021-2022 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.