8pm to 10pm
Bowerbird is excited to present Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble performing Mystical Paths, a program of music with spiritual focuses as diverse as Sufism, silence, cooking, and humor. Taylor Brook’s Motorman Sextet anchors the program, as an expressive setting of the most nostalgic episodes from David Ohle’s cult novel Motorman.
Forrest Pierce’s Tighten to Nothing explores the composer’s Sufism through a text by medieval Dutch mystic Hadewijch II. Lucia Ronchetti’s Anatra al sal, heard here in its U.S. premiere, is a raucous exposition on cooking (the title is Duck with salt). Agata Zubel’s Madrigals, another U.S. premiere, draws from the composer’s experience as a renowned contemporary vocalist.
Evan Johnson’s 3 in ad abundantiam, and vo mesurando, are extraordinarily delicate works that play on the edge of sound and silence, questioning the very nature of vocal performance.