Tunes Overview: Dolce Suono Ensemble and Lucy Shelton at Roulette

December 10th, 2013

From ancient Greece to the moon by way of Monteverdi, Mahler and Puccini: Wednesday evening’s concert by the Dolce Suono Ensemble at Roulette in Brooklyn drew a wide arc. Dolce Suono, which appeared there as part of the ingenious Ear Coronary heart Music collection, is a Philadelphia-based mostly chamber ensemble launched by the flutist Mimi Stillman that eloquently advocates for new audio whilst positioning it in a historic context.

Ms. Stillman, who launched the team, is not only a consummate and charismatic performer, but also a scholar. Her applications are inclined to activate ear, heart — and mind. Wednesday evening’s system of new chamber cantatas by Jeremy Gill and Shulamit Ran, alongside instrumental works by Roussel, Messiaen and Daniel Cat?n, was both sonically seductive and believed-provoking as it explored the fluid border in between the lyric and the remarkable.

The two qualities are concentrated in the soprano Lucy Shelton, a trailblazer in new vocal audio for more than five a long time. In Roussel’s “Deux po?mes de Ronsard” for soprano and flute, the vivid warmth of her voice contrasted alluringly with the zippy brilliance of Ms. Stillman’s flute. In Messiaen’s “Le merle noir,” Ms. Stillman was joined by Mr. Gill, a fantastic pianist. In Cat?n’s “Encantamiento” for two flutes, the director of Ear Heart Songs, Amelia Lukas, performed with her in an exploration of texture and shade.

In Mr. Gill’s “Ode: A Remarkable Cantata,” Ms. Shelton drew on expressive modes from remarkable spoken recitation to ringing fortes and softly floated high notes.

The piece sets Greek texts by Pindar and Mesomedes, as nicely as English kinds by Keats and Wordsworth, to a vividly colored instrumental rating for piano, cello and flute. It weaves in fragmented and subtly distorted echoes of Monteverdi’s “Orfeo,” Puccini’s “Tosca” and Mahler’s “R?ckert Lieder.” There was a near relationship amongst songs and text — the latter projected on to a screen — even in the instrumental passages, the place Gabriel Cabezas’s cello underwent a amount of sonic transformations.

Ms. Ran’s entrancing “Moon Tunes: A Tune Cycle in Four Acts” was commissioned by Dolce Suono in 2011 as a dual tribute to Mahler and Schoenberg and prepared for Ms. Shelton. The perform draws on texts about the moon in biblical and contemporary Hebrew, as nicely as English, and includes translations of Li Bai, the eighth-century Chinese poet who also impressed Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde.”

Via the use of gestures, sound-portray, expressive melodies, spoken term and percussive effects, the 3 instrumentalists and Ms. Shelton exposed the ritualistic origins of poetry.

Ear Coronary heart Songs carries on on Jan. 15 with the Del Sol String Quartet at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, at Third Avenue, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn 917-267-0363, roulette.org, earheartmusic.org.

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