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Ken Ueno / Aeolus

  • Starline Social Club 645 W. Grand Avenue Oakland, California 94612 USA (map)
Photo: Peter Gannushkin

Photo: Peter Gannushkin

RESIDENCY Monday, November 14–Friday, November 18, 2016
PERFORMANCE Saturday, November 19 7:30–9:00pm
PRICE $25 adult / $15 student - Buy Tickets
SERIES PASS $65 adult / $35 student - Buy Tickets*
80-person capacity

Presenting Aeolus, a new opera-in-progress by Rome- and Berlin Prize–winning composer Ken Ueno, collaborating with renowned scholar and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass. Video preview here and here.

Aeolus is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey and the epic meeting between Odysseus and Aeolus, the keeper of the winds. The fruits of Ueno’s fascination with breath as a compositional tool, the opera uses amplified breathing and multiphonics to conjure a mythic, windswept world. Conceived as a series of performance diptychs, Aeolus pits Ueno’s extended vocal techniques (as Aeolus) against Majel Connery’s fluid vocalise (as Odysseus).
Commissioned by Opera Cabal, Aeolus has received work-in-progress showings at Switchboard Music Festival (San Francisco) and High Concept Labs (Chicago). In 2016–17 it is supported by a residency at the Starline Social Club and a Mellon Visiting Artist Residency administered by the Newhouse Center at Wellesley College. A music preview of the opera will be presented at National Sawdust (Brooklyn) with FLUX Quartet and The Living Earth Show this spring.
This performance lasts 1 hour and concludes with a 20-minute post-show discussion moderated by Mike Maizels (Prof. of Art History, University of Arkansas).

* Series passes are limited.

Later Event: January 28
M. Lamar / Living Earth Show