Listen: Vocal Experimentation from Mikael Karlsson, Cornelius Dufallo and Molly Joyce
Tuesday, August 04, 2015
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 the Pioneer Works – a multimedia art space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This set, recorded May 30 workshopped three new vocal-driven pieces. As stated in the program notes, Mikael Karlsson's The Diana Vreeland Opera "hints at the spirit of a person who demanded that women abandon their pies and domestic chores for the vast expanse of Russia."
Cornelius Dufallo's (The Many Trespasses of) Invisible Men is a theatrical work for two male singers and a custom violin modified from a tennis racquet by instrument builder Ken Butler. Molly Joyce's YousaidShesaidHesaid juxtaposes modern perspectives with Schubert’s masterpiece song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin.
Mikael Karlsson - The Diana Vreeland Opera
Eve Gigliotti (mezzo-soprano), Mikael Karlsson (composer), Jody Schum (piano), Royce Vavrek (libretto) and Amelia Watkins (soprano)
Cornelius Dufallo - (The Many Trespasses of) Invisible Men
Cornelius Dufallo (composer/violin), Jonathan Estabrooks (baritone), Theo Lebow (tenor) and Royce Vavrek (libretto)
Molly Joyce - YousaidShesaidHesaid
Lucy Dhegrae (soprano), Patrick Jones (fortepiano/music director), Molly Joyce (composer) and Christopher Oscar Peña (libretto)