In 2014 I joined The Parallel Octave Chorus, a Baltimore-based improvising chorus, founded in 2010, which records and creates poem-based live performances. I joined them for the mixed media piece The Lorelei, the Albatross and the Pine Tree, a theatrical work by Dara Weinberg in collaboration with MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet. The work is a collage of poems and texts by Coleridge and Heine, set to free-jazz/electronic music and dance. Together with John Sullivan on 12-string guitar, I composed the vocal parts for three of Heine’s poems: The Lorelei, Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam and Ritter Olaf. The music interludes for the latter piece came from a medieval tune by Adam de la Halle. Bellow you can find two video’s of the full performance. Bellow the video I have indicated where exactly you can find the parts of my performance.
Pictures from the D.C. debut performance April 18, 2014 at the Montgomery Cultural Arts Center.
Photos Copyright 2014 Sasha Fornari
Baltimore debut performance occurred at the Arellano Theater, Levering Hall, Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus on Sunday May 4 @ 4pm and Tuesday May 6 @ 6pm.
Directed by Danny Schwartz and Alexis Monroe
Music by Danny Schwartz and John Sullivan, with Stephanie Koziej and Phil Jenkins (including arrangements of 12th century French chanson)
Featuring Alexis Monroe, Dana Woodson, and Stephanie Koziej
Choreography by Olivia Sabee
Engineering by Aaron Smith and Josh Laskin