Ekmeles: new vocal music from the Americas

Video from that concert will be available on this page at 7 p.m. ET on March 14.

This event will take place in front of a live audience, and tickets are free. To reserve your place, please send an email to [email protected]

In accordance with New York City Emergency Executive Order 239, Americas Society will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone entering our building. All guests will be required to wear masks.

Ekmeles is a vocal ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of new and rarely heard works and gems of the historical avant-garde. Ekmeles was founded to present a new a cappella repertoire for solo voices and by collaborating with instrumental ensembles from New York. Director Jeffrey Gavett brings a hybrid vision to the group: he is an accomplished ensemble singer and performer of new works, and is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and the Contemporary Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music. He brought together a group of fellow virtuosos who bring their own diverse experiences to tackle the unique challenges of this essential and overlooked repertoire.

Ekmeles performs works by composers from the Americas focused on language and communication. that of Marc Sabat Alibis Sky Seeds is the most ambitious and expansive microtonal work ever commissioned by Ekmeles, spanning over 40 minutes of complex height reports to describe the origin of the world through Ovid’s work Metamorphosis. Paired with this will be Hilda Paredes’s Fragments of Altazor, featuring the metaphysical text of Vicente Huidobro, portions of the work of Mauricio Kagel Der Turm zu Babel, telling the biblical story of the Tower of Babel in many different languages, and 2021 Pulitzer Prize winner Tania Leon De-Orishas.

Program:

Marc Sabat, Alibis Sky Seeds
Hilda Paredes, Fragments of Altazor
Mauricio Kagel, Der Turm zu Babel
Tania Leon, De-Orishas

Staff:

Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Elisa Sutherland, mezzo soprano
Tim Keeler, countertenor
Michael Jones, tenor
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and stage director
Steven Hrycelak, bass

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