Join mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong (Halcyon) and the Geist String Quartet for the world premiere of THE ART OF DISAPPEARING, a poignant new song cycle by Sydney composer Cameron Lam.
The composer writes, “Written for and dedicated to mezzo soprano Jenny Duck-Chong after years of mentorship and friendship, THE ART OF DISAPPEARING is a hour-long song cycle for voice and string quartet. I was drawn to the poetry of Queensland writer, Sarah Holland-Batt for its intimacy, musicality, and immense sense of self. The striking thing about Sarah’s poetry for me, was that it was arresting, it stopped me in my tracks – it sang all by itself and I just wanted to add to that.”
Limelight Magazine describes Cameron’s music as “a fantastical world in which mythological stories comes to life”. But drawn to the raw and profound poetry of Sarah’s award-winning collection Aria, in this new work he has delved deep into the traditions of art song and string quartet repertoire in search of a work of intimate connections. Songs and instrumentals are interwoven to tell stories of reminiscence, loss and grief through time. The cycle doesn’t present loss as something to solve; instead, it paints the inexorable journey from stasis, as we learn to move again…
Presented by Halcyon & Kammerklang with guest artists the Geist String Quartet, the performance on June 1 will feature the world premiere performance of The Art of Disappearing, the launch of two digital albums – The Art of Disappearing (Kammerklang) and Waves IV (Halcyon) – and mark Kammerklang’s 10th anniversary.
The concert THE ART OF DISAPPEARING will take place at the Annandale Creative Arts Centre, 81A Johnstons St Annandale, on Saturday June 1 at 8pm
For more about The Art of Disappearing, visit https://www.halcyon.org.au/store/the-art-of-disappearing-concert
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