Spring & Summer, Fall 2014

Performances with Ebb & Flow Arts in Maui on August 8, and  Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, the next 6 months are devoted to composing  *Poe's Mother* --Settings of poems by Djuna Barnes for Vox n Plux--the celebrated soprano Elizabeth Farnum with her two plucked string players, Bill & Oren -- first performance will be October 30 at the Italian Academy, Columbia University, in NYC.

April 28, at  8:30PM

Vox n Plux @ Cornelia Street Cafe

works by Robert Pollock, Richard Festinger, William Anderson, Jonathan Dawe, and David Claman
and also some Monteverdi, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter...

July

Davidovsky's Synchronisms No. 10 somewhere in Japan....

August 10

Vox n Plux with Maui's Ebb & Flow Arts
works by Robert Pollock, Richard Festinger, Stephen Blumberg, Laurie San Martin, and other Vox n Plux staples.

September
International  F e s t i v a l  C a m e r a t a   21
Veracruz, Mexico
 

Solo recital w/ works by Emil Awad, Mario Davidovsky, Matthew Greenbaum

October 30

Premiere of my Djuna Barnes settings for Vox n Plux, commissioned by the Wolpe Fund, which was created by an individual who was very close to Wolpe, and wishes to remain anonymous.

The settings

*Subtle Rhymes with Ruin Rife*
Djuna Barnes settings for Vox n Plux

will be scored for singing guitarists backing up soprano elizabeth Farnum on a huge battery of plucked strings including banjo, guitars, mandolin, and theorbo

This is the first major cycle of Barnes settings and is aimed at putting Barnes squarely on the map, as the  20th C. Emily Dickison of edgy extremity.  It is also a prelude to my creation of an opera that uses Barnes' extraordinary mannerist  (hence the theorbo) play, *The Antipon* as a libretto.  *The Antiphon* was translated into Swedish by Dag Hammerskjold and produced in Sweden, shortly before Hammerskjold's tragic death in a plane crash.