In Dialogue with Language
Ariadne Greif - Soprano
Douglas Balliett - Composer, Double Bassist & Rapper
1. In dialogue
"Daphne" (2012) by Douglas Balliett
Chamber Cantata for Soprano, Violin, Double Bass and Rapper
2. In symbiosis
9 pieces from “Kafka-Fragmente” (1985 - 87) by György Kurtág (born 1926)
for Soprano and Violin
Die Guten gehn im gleichen Schritt...
Wie ein Weg im Herbst
Sonntag, den 19. Juli 1910 (Berceuse II)
Zwei Spazierstöcke (Authentisch-plagal)
Schmutzig bin ich Milena...
3. Music or Language?
Selection from “Récitations” (1977 - 78) by Georges Aperghis (born 1945)
for solo voice - Ariadne Greif
4. ...Language is Music is Language is Music...
Poetry reading alternating with pieces from “Signs, Games and Messages” by György Kurtág (1998 - 2004), instrumental improvisation and breton folk songs
Composer and Performer Douglas Balliett Composer and performer Douglas Balliett has a multifaceted career spanning new music, period performance, rock, rap, and conducting. Recent engagements have included double bass concerto performances at Alice Tully Hall and the ACFNY, commissions for new works from SOLI San Antonio and New York’s The Millenials, and tours with his band The Oracle Hysterical in Germany and Switzerland. Upcoming concerts include Dragonetti’s Third Concerto with the Harvard Baroque Orchestra and a new rock opera, Hecuba, to be produced by The Oracle Hysterical with help from OperaCabal.
Praised for “elastic and round high notes,” Ariadne Greif recently made her debuts with the American Symphony Orchestra, Le Poisson Rouge, Jordan Hall, and Zankel Hall; her six main role debuts included title roles in L'enfant et les sortilèges, Rusalka, Phaedra and Hippolytus, and Madeline in Debussy’s La Chûte de la Maison Usher. This October, she returns to the Britten- Pears Young Artist Program to star as Therese in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias. She appeared at the 2011 Ojai Music Festival, at the 2011 and 2012 Aldeburgh Festivals, and was invited by Dawn Upshaw to be the first young singer in twenty years at the 2011 Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, where she returned this summer.