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dramatic concert for solo voice
Patrice Michaels, soprano
Music by Robert Carl, Noël Lee, Naji Hakim, Laurie Altman & Patrice Michaels

This 45 minute dramatic concert exists

  • - to showcase the current state of the art for unaccompanied singing
  • - to tell stories in sound and space
  • - to set contemporary classical vocal music side-by-side with improvisation
  • - to create a conversation between the audience, the performer and the space

In Patrice’s words:

 I’m presenting a program with just one moving part: myself. The idea is to perform the program in a wide variety of spaces, from gorgeous galleries to public walk-through spaces to regular concert halls, and for a variety of audiences, especially those gathered together for charitable fundraising. I want to introduce audiences to some contemporary compositions that are thoroughly modern, but reference stories from a wide variety of traditions: folk song styles, Shakespeare texts, real-life problems, and my own history. The modes of storytelling include standard lyrical singing, speech-song, aleatoric (chance-based) composition and electronic enhancement of improvised song.

 

About The Composers

- Naji Hakim creates beautiful tonal relationships in a sophisticated harmonic language that always retains its lyric sensibility in the Latin mass setting.

 - Noël Lee’s songs require me to play the character of Ophelia – her madness is expressed through song, and Noël’s modern settings are true to the haunting beauty Shakespeare intended.

 - Laurie Altman’s States of Waiting is a set of 5 diary entries. The mother of a girl diagnosed with cancer shares her immediate worries, her over-arching joys and her ultimate unknowing. This is a personally moving experience for me, both because I have lost dear ones to cancer, and because Laurie wrote this cycle out of his own experience of loss.

 - I love the way Imogen Heap has moved vocal performing to a new level, and I’m building on her use of electronic enhancement of the song by using looping devices in my own improv pieces.

Contact:

Patrice Michaels
info@patricemichaels.com
920 570.1393

This performance will be presented free of charge for targeted charitable organizations