The second night of VisionIntoArt's 2014 Ferus Festival at The Stone highlighted works by Gity Razaz, a young, Juilliard-trained composer whose music the New York Times described as "ravishing and engulfing."
The concert opened with the world premiere of Shadow Lines, a work for cello and electronics written for Jeff Zeigler in which lyrical cello lines, played live, are looped into a rich, constantly shifting sonic landscape.
The second work on the program was a dramatic song cycle for two voices, clarinet, cello and piano based on the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell and his book-length poem, "The Book of Nightmares." Titled The Call Across the Valley of Not-Knowing from a chapter of poem, the song cycle tells the story of a mystical union between a man and a woman through a distorted love poem. The piece was performed by soprano Deborah Lifton and baritone Mikhail Smigelski, with Jay Lin on piano, Vasko Dukovski on clarinet and Serafim Smigelskiy on cello.
VisionIntoArt (VIA), the multimedia production company co-founded at the Juilliard School in 1999 by composer Paola Prestini has commissioned works from composers, choreographers, poets, filmmakers and other artists, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaborative projects.
This concert was recorded and mixed by Jay Eigenmann.
The text for Gity Razaz's The Call Across the Valley of Not-Knowing is based on “The Call Across the Valley of Not-Knowing” from "The Book of Nightmares" by Galway Kinnell. Copyright © 1971, renewed 1999 by Galway Kinnell. Broadcast by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.