Violinist Jennifer Koh performing the world premiere recording of American composer and vocalist Lisa Bielawa’s Sanctuary Songs for Solo Violin and Voice.
“The thought got here to me after Jenny and I went to protest the journey ban in Union Sq. in NYC a few years in the past … she carried an indication there that mentioned ‘Proud American Daughter of Korean Refugees’ ….” Lisa has advised The Violin Channel.
“We talked afterwards in regards to the idea of ‘Sanctuary’, and I turned considering how that phrase is utilized in our present tradition to enchantment to individuals’s sense of the inviolable …” the previous Rome Prize for Musical Composition winner has mentioned.
“I got here throughout these three poems by obscure American girls poets of the 1920’s … and set the three poems to a set of three ‘Sanctuary Songs‘ for this recording …” she has mentioned.
“I provide three glimpses into American thought with these songs, by way of the lens of a single, very loaded phrase … I hope that listeners can develop into extra conscious, simply as I’ve been made extra conscious by way of this analysis and artistic course of, of how loaded language is getting used round them – to manage, to incite to motion, to enchantment to individuals’s least rational selves, or maybe to heal, or to supply a path ahead … music is likely one of the issues that may provide that path, that Sanctuary.”
JENNIFER KOH | LISA BIELAWA | ‘SANCTUARY SONGS’ FOR SOLO VIOLIN AND VOICE | NO. 1 – BROKEN | 2019
JENNIFER KOH | LISA BIELAWA | ‘SANCTUARY SONGS’ FOR SOLO VIOLIN AND VOICE | NO. 2 – SPEAK SOFTLY | 2019
JENNIFER KOH | LISA BIELAWA | ‘SANCTUARY SONGS’ FOR SOLO VIOLIN AND VOICE | NO. three – MY MARVELOUS WALL | 2019