Hailed by the New York Times as “ravishing and engulfing”, Gity Razaz’s music ranges from concert solo pieces to large symphonic works. She is an active collaborator involved in projects across disciplines from modern dance to electro-acoustic sonic landscapes. Ms. Razaz’s music has been commissioned and performed by VisionIntoArt, Metropolis Ensemble, National Ballet School of Canada, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Music from Copland House, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, former cellist of Kronos Quartet Jeffrey Zeigler, New York Choreographic Institute, American Festival for the Arts, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, and cellist Inbal Segev among others.
Legend of Sigh (concerto for solo cello, electronics and video installation. 20 minutes) performed by Inbal Segev on cello with video by Carmen Kordas
Valley of Not-Knowing (Song cycle for soprano, baritone, clarinet, cello, piano. 35 minutes) performed by Debbie Lifton- soprano, and Jesse Blumberg- baritone, Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor, Michael Smith, piano, Paul Wiancko, cello, Pascal Archer, clarinet
“The Call Across the Valley of Not-Knowing” is a dramatic song cycle, illuminating the mystical and otherworldly union of man and woman in the context of a distorted love poem. The text, by the award-winning American poet Galway Kinnell, conjures a distorted image of love and the idea of soulmates, and together, the poems tell a non-linear story about finding and inevitably losing one’s soul mate, against the backdrop of a rooted, current relationship.
The concert also features a concerto for solo cello and electronics, “The Legend of Sigh,” which is a re-telling of an old Azerbaijani folktale about a mysterious being who appears every time someone lets out a heartfelt sigh, unknowingly calling him to the rescue. New York-based composer Gity Razaz is one of four artists-in-residence during the inaugural year of National Sawdust.