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for three voices and ensemble

kolot (2015)





video from premiere performance by Contempo

     Ganz Hall, Chicago, May 15, 2015

Cliff Colnot, conductor


Nina Dante, voice
Amanda DeBoer, voice
Elisa Sutherland, voice


Tim Munro, flutes
Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets
Minghuan Xu, violin
Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin
Masuri Per Rostad, viola
Brandon Vamos, cello
Robert Dillon, percussion
Doug Perkins, percussion


Program Notes:


"Between the lips and the voice, something goes dying," wrote Pablo Neruda. It's true, isn't it? Perhaps many ‘somethings,’ in fact, go dying within that tiny, enormous space. And yet many 'somethings' are also being born at any moment? 


Kolot ("voices" in Hebrew) is designed as something of a journey within that space; no more than a dip of a toe into the seemingly boundless wilderness between lips, voices, voicelessnesses, silences, ears. Seventeen short text fragments (all excerpted from much longer texts), in ten languages, lead the way (using words, of all things). And still, at its core, this space seems helplessly, magnificently uncharted. So how come it also feels so familiar it hurts? "Something with the wings of a bird,” continued Neruda, “the way nets cannot hold water.”


Fragments of texts are by (in order of appearance): Jorge Luis Borges, Rainer Maria Rilke, Orhan Veli Kanik, Mahmoud Darwish, Avraham Halfi, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Pablo Neruda, James Jeremiah Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), Fernando Pessoa, Almog Behar, Zelda, Roland Barthes, Paul Celan, Wislawa Szymborska, Forough Farrokhazad, Yuval Ido Tal, Leonard Cohen.

videography and audio recording by Aphorism Studios

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