Listen: Dreams, Nightmares and Folktales by Gity Razaz and Ariadne Greif

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Cellist Inbal Segev at Pioneer Works for 2015 Ferus Festival Cellist Inbal Segev performs Gity Razaz's "Legend of Sigh" at Pioneer Works for 2015 Ferus Festival (Jill Steinberg)

Launched in 2014, the annual Ferus Festival is a designated incubation period that highlights new projects in a workshop performance setting. The festival is a project by VisionIntoArt, an ambitious arts organization that has spread to include a record label as well as a National Sawdust, a forthcoming music venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn aimed at adventurous 21st-Century programming.

The 2015 Ferus Festival took place at Pioneer Works – a multimedia art space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The final set of the three-day festival, recorded May 30, featured world premiere performances of two electroacoustic works.

Gity Razaz's The Legend of Sigh for cellist Inbal Segev and electronics explored themes of birth, transformation and death through the retelling of an Azerbaijani folktale about a mysterious being who appears each time someone lets out a heartfelt sigh.

For Dreams & Nightmares, soprano Ariadne Greif invited composers to compose and stage miniature "dream episodes." The piece, approximately 35 minutes, included sound artist Caroline Park contributing live sound-design to the performance.

Listen to the complete concert above or individual pieces below. 


Gity Razaz - The Legend of Sigh: Concerto for Cello and Electronics

Inbal Segev, cello; Carmen Kordas, visuals

Ariadne Grief - Dreams & Nightmares

Ariandne Grief, voice; Caroline Park, sound design

Dreams & Nightmares Composers:
1. Elliot Cole
2. Albert Behar – Circle Square Triangle
3. Erol Gürol
4. Caroline Park – You were Pigeon but also Holly Herndon/You were Holly Herndon but also Pigeon
5. Hadas Pe’ery
6. John King
7. Aleksandra Vrebalov
8. Ryan Chase – Only a Dream
9. Ariadne Greif – The Performance Nightmare

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