It's probably pretty clear already, but Quince Ensemble is so, so important to me. Working with them for the past six years has changed who I am as a musician, as a colleague, and as an advocate for vocal music. This past spring, we got the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sing David Lang's love fail - a piece new to us - at the KODY Festiwal Tradycji i Awangardy Muzycznej in Lublin, Poland. Performing this gorgeous piece in a beautiful, brand new opera hall is an experience I will cherish forever.
As with most new-music ensembles, we've had our share of self-produced shows, basement/bar gigs, and we generally are in charge of all production elements (lights! outfits! stand placement!). We love this autonomy...but it was nice to feel so pampered by the Beth Morrison Projects team - who built the set, and executed all visual elements. We just had to sing - what a treat!
I want to share with you an excerpt of our Lublin performance - featuring Kayleigh Butcher singing "the outing", followed by "I live in pain".
We look forward to returning to love fail in spring 2017!