Consortio, the revolutionary marketplace that connects composers’ consortium ideas and ensembles who make them a reality, focuses on an upcoming project every week. This week’s spotlight is on Michael Bussewitz-Quarm’s “Where We Find Ourselves,” which will be a choral song cycle for various voicings and piano through a blended project (created for online and/or live experience).
Michael’s work delves into difficult subjects and forgotten peoples with meaningful contributions to society, and “Where We Find Ourselves” will be no exception. The cycle will be based on Hugh Mangum’s portrait photos, art that subverted societal norms in many ways during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The consortium members can choose to perform any of them or all five, and the project involves access to a variety of conversations between the composer, lyricist, author-photographers who brought Hugh’s portrait collection to the world, and more, all with opportunities for Q&A and other interactive activities. Synced rehearsal tracks will be provided along with additional photographs for montages during performances.
For more information on Hugh Mangum, learn more at Duke University’s exhibit webpage or on Michael’s Pandemic Proof Project: Where We Find Ourselves page on Consortio.
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