The 2018-2019 school year is in full swing at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University! Becoming acquainted with faculty and students at the Blair School of Music has been thrilling! Feel free to visit Blair’s website, to get to know more about the program: https://blair.vanderbilt.edu/
Flutist Molly Barth and guitarist Dieter Hennings join forces to form Duo Damiana, a trail-blazing ensemble dedicated to pushing the boundaries of flute and guitar music. In their debut album, titled Castillos de Viento (Castles in the Wind), Duo Damiana has gathered some of today’s most captivating voices. Composers Michael Fiday, Jesse Jones, Shafer Mahoney, Hebert Vázquez, and Chen Yi provide a powerful soundscape that emphasizes both the individual beauty of each instrument as well as its collective power. An album with a unique global vision in mind, the works by Fiday, Vázquez, and Yi look East to Japan and China for its inspiration, while the works of Mahoney and Jones are deeply rooted in the American tradition. The title castillos de viento refers to the “ephemeral yet powerful nature of music. Although intangible, it reaches emotions that are rooted in solid, cogent, timeless ground within us.”
El jardín del pasaje púrpura (the garden of the purple passage), written by Hebert Vázquez, alludes to a Japanese garden with cherry blossoms. Michael Fiday’s 5 Haiku are a set of varied musical reflections on texts by the 17th-century Japanese haiku master Matsuo Basho, their concise forms revealing an entire world within. The rich elements of authentic folk music from three minority nationalities in China West are the subject matter of Three Bagatelles from China West by Chen Yi. The quiet, introspective nature of Shafer Mahoney’s Shining River was inspired by the writings of John Muir, the American naturalist. Jesse Jones is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Elliott Carter Rome Prize in Composition from the American Academy in Rome; he has written a four-movement tour-de-force for Duo Damiana.
Barth, a founding member of the contemporary powerhouse ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and Dieter Hennings, of the Eastman Broadband, both prolific in their individual projects, come together to provide what will surely be a referential recording in its field. Barthis Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Oregon and Hennings is Associate Professor of Guitar at the University of Kentucky.
Playing with friends is music-making at its best, and this new musical endeavor is the ultimate!
The Zohn Collective already has recorded its first CD under the label Oberlin Music, which is expected to be released in spring of 2018, and is booked for various upcoming engagements, including a collaboration with the internationally recognized puppet company, La Coperacha, at the II Bienal Internacional de Teatro in Mexico.
I am thrilled to be able to share the EXCELLENT NEW CD that Cantaloupe Music has released! Thorn features the music of David Lang, and what a treat it was to get all of the performers together to make this CD a reality!
I am proud to invite you to view my new music video. I am performing “Cantiga del Merolico II” by Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, with Darren Stevenson of PUSH Physical Theater.
Cantiga del Merolico II (1990/rev. 2014)
composed by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon
This work is a tribute to the merolico, an exhuberant type of vendor that is often found in open markets in México. In order to attract customers, the merolico improvises florid and incessant monologues extolling the virtues of his merchandise, while ingenuously interspersing swift compliments to beautiful señoritas passing by and satirical remarks against those who ignore him. The merolico is able to adapt to his audience with a speed and accuracy that would make a chameleon die of shame.
Molly Alicia Barth, flutist
Darren Stevenson, dancer
Avi Pryntz-Nadworny, videographer
Lance Miller, audio recording engineer
Avi Pryntz-Nadworny, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Molly Alicia Barth, producers
Molly Barth has received a Career Opportunity Grant award from the Oregon Arts Commission.