Cantata for 2 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, baritone, bass-baritone, and SATB chamber choir, with flute, guitar (electric, acoustic, and classical), piano, and cello. 62 minutes.
Commissioned by Skylark Vocal Ensemble.
A love letter to wanderlust, this World Premiere commission weaves together art songs, choral music, and literature into an expansive cantata on the theme of walking.
Influences from rock, folk, and musical theater shine in a lyrical and evocative score by composer/librettist Nell Shaw Cohen, marrying the voices of three-time GRAMMY®-nominee Skylark with an instrumental quartet comprised of guitarist James Moore and musicians from Juventas New Music Ensemble.
From Walt Whitman to the present day, Sauntering Songs celebrates diverse characters who search for freedom and fulfillment through subversive journeys on foot.
Written for American Opera Projects‘ Composers & the Voice fellowship. Aria inspired by the life, paintings, and memoirs of Emily Carr (1893-1945). Libretto by Nell Shaw Cohen. Continue reading “Lead On and Up (2016)”
Written for American Opera Projects Composers & the Voice fellowship. The questions in this “found text” song were generated by Google search autocomplete, compiled from phrases that people are really searching online. Continue reading “What If? (2015)”