Collected in the final concert of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival is a set of poignant, meaningful works whose themes range from forbidden love and explicit eroticism to respectful homage and the transcendent power of music. In the intimate setting of Symphony Space, Cygnus Ensemble will perform the world premiere of Laura Kaminsky's Homage to Havel which memorializes great Czech artist dissident and statesman Vaclav Havel. Andrew Waggoner's Souffrir/symphonier ("Suffer/Sound-Together") expresses the "simultaneous expression and lifting of sadness through music-making." Mohammed Fairouz's Three Fragments of Ibn Khafajah are "innocent yet subversive" arabic love poems about a man's passion for another man. The world premiere of Frank Brickle's Estat ai en greu cossirier, a setting of a troubadour song by Beatriz, Comtessa de Dia reinvents the explicit eroticism of the troubadour song.
Listen to a brief interview with Mohammed Fairouz:
Laura Kaminsky - Homage to Havel (US Premiere)
Faye Ellen Silverman - Pregnant Pauses
Mohammed Fairouz - Fragments of Ibn Khafajah
Frank Brickle - Estat ai en greu cossirer (US Premiere)
Andrew Waggoner - Souffrir/symphonier
Larry Alan Smith - An Infant Crying
Cygnus Ensemble has precipitated the creation of a substantial body of chamber music with plucked strings, while promoting work of living composers. Its members include guitarist/composer William Anderson, cellist Susannah Chapman, guitarist Oren Fader, oboist Robert Ingliss, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, violinist Calvin Wiersma, and pianist Joan Forsyth.
About Cutting Edge Concerts:
Composer Victoria Bond launched Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival to bring together composers, performers and New York audiences in an intimate and inviting setting. Since its first season in 1998, it has blossomed into a multi-concert festival, attracting audiences from the tri-state area and performers from around the country. Since its inception, over 30 world premieres and dozens of New York premieres have been performed at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival.
A significant feature of the festival is that all composers will be in attendance and speak briefly about their music on stage with CEC artistic director Victoria Bond. According to Bond, "having the composers at the concert presents a unique opportunity to share their inspiration and creative process as a prelude to the performance of their music."