The nationally acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Musiqa presents a repertoire inspired by the exhibition Parallel Practices. The concert showcases virtuous, dynamic and haunting works by Morton Feldman, Elena Kats-Chernin, Pauline Oliveros, Arvo Pärt, and John Tavener, composers who were inspired and influenced by visual and performance art movements of the late 20th century. The works, featuring voice, cello, harp, and taped music, include elements of performance and visual art that parallel elements of works in the exhibition.
The program's featured artists include Karol Bennett, soprano; Meghan Caulkett, harp; Barrett Sills, cello and Chapman Welch, sound design.
The program is:
Morton Feldman: "Three Voices" for soprano and electronic tape
Elena Kats-Chernin: "Chamber of Horrors" for solo harp
Pauline Oliveros: "Bye Bye Butterfly" for electronic tape
Arvo Pärt: "Spiegel im Spiegel" for cello and harp
John Tavener: "Anna Akhmatova Songs" for soprano and cello
About the composers and the works
Morton Feldman, an American original, was highly influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement and was close to several painters, including Mark Rothko and Robert Rauschenberg. His "Three Voices," a musical reflection of the "parallel practices" concept of the CAMH exhibit, combines a live singer with two pre-recorded tracks of herself.
Elena Kats-Chernin, a celebrated Australian composer has written four operas; her music was featured in the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Her "Chamber of Horrors" is an atmospheric and virtuosic work for solo harp.
Pauline Oliveros, a Houston native, is a founding member of the "Deep Listening" movement with works spanning more than 50 years. Since the 1960s she has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. Her "Bye Bye Butterfly" is a work on electronic tape.
Arvo Pärt is a mystical Estonian composer known for the style described as "holy minimalism," inspired by the ringing of church bells. This style is heard in "Spiegel im Spiegel" or "Mirror in the Mirror" for cello and harp, one of the most famous and often performed works by the composer. The title connects with Joan Jonas' visual experiments with mirrors, including her 1970s art work "Mirror Check."
John Tavener is known for his austere, plaintively beautiful style. His "Anna Akhmatova Songs" includes four haunting songs set to poetry by one of Russia's great 20th-century poets.
Winner of the 2013 Chamber Music America/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, Musiqa is a non-profit organization dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. Founded in 2002 and led by five composers, Musiqa aims to enrich and inspire the community through programs that integrate contemporary music with other modern art forms. Musiqa celebrates modern creative arts through interdisciplinary concerts that highlight modern music and its connections to literature, film, dance, art, and more. With its innovative collaborations and educational programming, Musiqa strives to make modern repertoire accessible and vital to audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds.