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MATA Festival Presents: Radical Pairings

Dec 13, 2015 • 12:00pm

MATA presents Radical Pairings: a mix of baroque and gallant-inspired works by Greg Spears and Doug Balliett performed by New Vintage Baroque, together with Emily Hall’s expressive, very much contemporary, song-cycle, Life Cycle, performed by soprano Eliza Bagg, accompanied by Vicky Chow and Ashley Bathgate.

A moving meditation on the joys and fears of motherhood, Emily Hall’s Life Cycle sets text by the acclaimed British author Toby Litt. Of its premiere, Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of London’s Southbank Centre, wrote: “Life Cycle was touching, sometimes searing in its delicate exposure of the pain and loss that can surround child birth. Both the music and the libretto left the audience feeling they’d had an important shared experience.”

Bookending the cycle New Vintage Baroque – praised by the New York Times for its “buoyant pulse” and “appealing energy” — will perform two works scored for baroque instruments and voices: a suite from Greg Spears’ elegant Wolf in Skins inspired by the medieval Welsh epic, the Mabinogion, and Doug Balliett’s “rap-cantata” Bacchus, a wild traversal of the Greek myth, with a text inspired by Ovid.

New Vintage Baroque Roster:
Lindsay McIntosh, baroque oboe
Emi Fergurson, baroque flute
Aaron Brown, baroque violin
Elizabeth Weinfeild, baroque viola
Arni Tanimoto, baroque cello
Doug Balliett, Bass/Narrator
Clay Zeller-Townson, baroque bassoon
Jacob Ashworth, baroque violin
Sam Buddish, percussion
Ashley Jackson, harp
and Elizabeth Weinfield

Owen McIntosh, tenor
Chris Herbert, Baritone
Sarah Brailey, Soprano
Majel Connery, mezzo
Eve Giglotti, mezzo soprano

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