Mazumal has been selected as 2018 Ensemble Fellows of the Cortona Sessions Contemporary Chamber Music Initiative. Felicia and Olivia will present a profile concert consisting of works from their 2018 debut tour, as well as premiere new works written expressly for their duo by the Cortona Sessions Composition Fellows.
Boston-based, Bay Area-reared vocalist Felicia Chen presents a solo program that explores different methods of using the voice in contemporary art music. Through the performance of works by composers from the mid-20th century up to the present day, Felicia will demonstrate the breadth and fluidity of vocal production required of today's classical singers. By contrasting the use of lyricism stemming from the operatic tradition with an emphasis on percussive noises, and examples of the voice as a solo instrument paired with vocals as part of a larger soundscape, this program celebrates the versatility and universality of humankind's first instrument.
Mazumal will be in residence at The Hartt School, the University of Hartford's performing arts conservatory.
April 10: WORKSHOP - sonic & vocal improvisation as social agency
April 10: PERFORMANCE - works by Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, Kaija Saariaho, Sofia Gubaidulina, and improvisation
April 11: PRESENTATION - innovative music in a diverse world
Part of flutist Claire Chase’s 23-year Density 2036 project, PAN is a 90-minute participatory performance for flute, live electronics, and mass community participation in the form of a large ensemble of non-professional or trained players/collaborators.
Composed by Marcos Balter, directed by Douglas Fitch, and produced by Jane M. Saks and Project&, the piece uses seven tableaux exploring the life of the god Pan, one of only two Greek deities said to have been put to death. It marshals myth to articulate and explore the tensions of our contemporary lives and world. The experience and creative participation attempt to demonstrate, rather than speculate, how music-making allows for societies and communities to create together, shape space, question, reflect, re-visit, re-order and arrive in new and re-imagined locations again and again.
March 2, 8pm
March 3, 5pm and 8:30pm
"With every step of yours, I become divorced from the soil. One sip of the loam, and plowing is reminiscent of the horizon."
Felicia premieres Kitchen, a new work for soprano and live electronics by Bahar Royaee.
Friday 12/8: Boston Conservatory Ipswich Building, 8pm. Composer Recital Series.
Friday 12/15: Harvard Dudley House, 7:30pm. Kermanshah Earthquake Relief Concert, co-sponsored by the Berklee and Harvard GSAS Iranian Student Associations. All proceeds go to Relief International.
After joining forces in 2016 to perform Jacob Druckman's Animus II, KITA duo (Felicia Chen and Noah Rosen) reunite to present the complete cycle of George Crumb's Madrigals I-IV, as well as duos by Babbitt, Cage, Messiaen, and Villa-Lobos. Featuring guest artists Carlos Aguilar (flutes), Adam Gurczak (double bass), and Jane Soh (harp). 8pm, 132 Ipswich at Boston Conservatory.
CAGE | The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
BABBITT | A Waltzer in the House
MESSIAEN, arr. Zeltsman | Poemes Pour Mi
VILLA-LOBOS | Bachinanas Brasileiras No. 5
CRUMB | Madrigals, Books I, II, III, IV
Felicia joins Rested Field for a new work by composer/performer Clifton Ingram, inspired by Invasive Species by artist Ed Andrews, currently on exhibit at Boston Sculptors Gallery.
The Second Sunday Concert Series at Boston Sculptors Gallery presents a monthly collaboration with Boston area musicians, programmed by Music Director Aaron Jay Myers. The musicians are often inspired by the sculpture on display and perform interactive works in response to it. All events are free and open to the public and donations directly support the musicians.
Felicia Chen and Kari Juusela premiere a new work for soprano and cello by Jonathan Bailey Holland.
I Protest!—In Memoriam Vuk Kulenovic is a modern classical protest concert in memory of Berklee Composition Department professor Vuk Kulenovic. The program includes chamber music compositions by Kulenovic, Kari Juusela, Marti Epstein, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Apostolos Paraskevas. All of the program pieces have been inspired by protest.
Felicia Chen and Yoko Hagino perform that thing, for soprano and piano, in a program of chamber music composed by Curtis K. Hughes.
A two-week residency at the Banff Centre, focusing on improvisation, extended vocal technique, storytelling, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Felicia premieres a new work for soprano and ensemble by Iranian composer Bahar Royaee, written for the opening of Echo, an exhibition featuring the work of seven female Iranian artists.
Pictured: Mythological Creature: Hybrid, by Samira Abbassy. 2013, oil on panel.
Boston Conservatory Chamber Music's Pierrot ensemble performs Love Songs and The Clarity of Cold Air, by Jonathan Bailey Holland (Chair of Composition, Theory, and History), and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire.
György Ligeti's Aventures, as part of Berklee College of Music's Words and Music Festival.
Felicia presents a graduate recital for her Masters degree in Contemporary Music Performance, in collaboration with Robert Fleitz, piano and toy piano.
Milton Babbitt | Philomel (Part III)
Anton Webern | 5 Canons, op. 16 (David Angelo, clarinet; Sophie Kass, bass clarinet)
Anton Webern | 3 Lieder, op. 25
Elliott Carter | Of Challenge and Of Love
Jonathan Bailey Holland | Breathing, for soprano & toy piano (premiere)
Mischa Salkind-Pearl | De los Álamos, for soprano & toy piano (premiere)
George Crumb | Apparition
Boston Conservatory Chamber Music student Pierrot ensemble performs Jonathan Bailey Holland's Love Songs for the composer.
Under the direction of guest conductor Jeffrey Means, Felicia performs Le Voci Sottovetro (Salvatore Sciarrino), Fukushima (G.F. Haas), and Opera with Objects (Alvin Lucier) with Boston Conservatory's Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Felicia performs Bright Sheng's Three Chinese Love Songs with Miranda Cuckson and Christopher Oldfather, and Luciano Berio's O King, conducted by Fred Sherry.