Ekmeles music director Jeffrey Gavett
The Tower of Babel
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Friday, September 24, 2010 / 7:30 PM
Christie Finn, soprano
Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone/music director
New Music vocal ensemble Ekmeles presents its first solo show: The Tower of Babel, a concert programmed around settings by Mauricio Kagel of the biblical story about the creation of the world's languages. Musically and textually, the program traces a path from simple and universal comprehensibility through the explosion of text and dissolution of meaning.
Kenneth Gaburo - The flow of [u] [East Coast Premiere]
Giacinto Scelsi - Litanie
Mauricio Kagel - Der Turm zu Babel (Excerpts) [US Premiere]
Kaija Saariaho - From the Grammar of Dreams
Aaron Cassidy - I, purples, spat blood, laugh of beautiful lips [NY Premiere]
About Ekmeles [ɛk'mɛlɛs]
In Ancient Greek music theory, tones of indefinite pitch and intervals with complex ratios, tones "not appropriate for musical usage." In New York City, a new vocal ensemble dedicated to breathing life into those disallowed tones, new and old.
Ekmeles is a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely-heard works, and gems of the historical avant garde. New Yorkis home to a vibrant instrumental New Music scene, with a relative paucity of vocal music. Ekmeles was founded to fill the gap by presenting new a cappella repertoire for solo voices, and by collaborating with these instrumental ensembles.
About Jeffrey Gavett
Director Jeffrey Gavett brings a hybrid vision to the group: he is an accomplished ensemble singer and performer of new works, and holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program. He has assembled a virtuoso group of colleagues who bring their own diverse backgrounds to bear on the unique challenges of this essential and neglected repertoire.