In November of 2021, Song Literature III participated in a collaborative event with a class on Modern Metamorphosis from IU’s Collins Living Learning Center. Here you see tenor Nathan Krishnaswami singing Rebecca Clarke’s surreal “The Seal Man” with pianist Lucas Nogara. The program was accompanied by slides from the holdings of IU’s Eskenazi Museum of Art [here: Henry Moore’s Song of Songs]. Both of these collaborations were inspired by IU’s “Themester” curation; the theme chosen for 2021 was Resilience.
New songs generated collaboratively by teams of poets, composers, singers and pianists
Song Genesis is an initiative I’ve embedded in my Graduate Art Song Survey curriculum at the Jacobs School of Music. For it, I curate teams of one singer, one pianist, one poet, and one composer to work collaboratively. More…
When Covid forced us apart, we found a way to come together, performing all 46 songs in Hugo Wolf’s late 19th century masterpiece, the Italienisches Liederbuch. In spite of distancing and masks, the color and detail in each song came to life in deconstructed tableaus, and gave the individual gifts of each person in our studio (plus two outstanding collaborative pianists, Itsuki Nagamine and Lucas Nogara) a chance to shine. Here is a link to the recording of the recital.
What does it take to win hearts and minds of skeptical listeners?
An Art Song Survey course wouldn’t be socially responsible without giving some fresh, 21st century attention to how and to whom a young professional would offer this repertoire. Songs for Skeptics is an experiment to explore the very real reluctance in a lay listener, and what type of context might overcome it. More…