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Flutes Voices Masquerade at Constellation
January 27 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Flutes Voices Masquerade treats the mask as a performance identity that reveals myriad musical images underneath. From the elegant arabesques of Takemitsu’s Masques pour deux flûtes to the flamboyant video images of Jacob TV’s Lipstick, for flutes and boombox, the concert will play with music of madness, voices of women worldwide, and the words of Dada poet Hugo Ball. Virtuosic performers of new music, Gillen-Hannau and Misurell-Mitchell have assembled a program which ranges from Luciano Berio’s classic Sequenza I, for solo flute to Misurell-Mitchell’s Brechtian After the History, for voice/flute and percussion, to the world premiere of Song, for flute, alto flute and piano by Jonathan Hannau. The brilliant theatrical piece, Pirouette on a Moon Sliver, for solo flute by Amy Beth Kirsten and Misurell-Mitchell’s impassioned Profaning the Sacred II for flute/voice on texts by Allen Ginsberg, complete the program.
Suzanne Gillen-Hannau and Janice Misurell-Mitchell – flutes and voice
Jonathan Hannau – piano
John Corkill – percussion
Misurell-Mitchell, a member of the faculty of the School of the Art Institute and 6Degrees Composers, has presented solo concerts of her music in venues from Mexico City to Tapei. Gillen-Hannau is an actor/musician on faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago and is a member of Trade Winds Ensemble, a group dedicated to giving workshops and programs that explore music as a tool for social change.
Toru Takemitsu, Masques pour deux flûtes
Janice Misurell-Mitchell, Profaning the Sacred II, for flute/ alto flute/voice
Jacob TV, Lipstick, for flute and electronics
Janice Misurell-Mitchell, After the History, for voice/flute and percussion
Amy Beth Kirsten, Pirouette on a Moon Sliver, for voice/flute
Janice Misurell-Mitchell, Karawane, for voice/alto flute electronics
Luciano Berio, Sequenza, for solo flute
Jonathan Hannau, Song, for flute, alto flute, piano
“[Suzanne Gillen-Hannau] is especially deft at those dual actor/musician duties.” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“[Janice Misurell-Mitchell] is also an electrifying performer as a vocalist and flutist, although it’s hardly doing her justice to say that she sings and plays the flute…” – Seth Boustead, Vanishing Points CD, liner notes