“A program of works for soprano and electronics exploring the fluidity of thought and memory; and the uncovering of truth through that imperfect remembrance.”
TICKETS and CONCERT INFORMATION
- Aani Bourassa, soprano / program concept
- Julia Demopolous, concept artist
- Kevin Bourassa, live audio mixing / recording
- Riggs Marietta, lighting design
- James Leyland Kirby, composer / digital music
- Ed Benkowski, video
- Alec Davis, producer
Audience members met in the Parlor of Westmoreland to discuss the inspiration for the program with Aani Bourassa and Alec Davis, and were given their collectible art print, with label on the reverse (see left).
They entered the stairwell to music by the Caretaker, and were led to their seats - 4 on each of the 5 landings, each landing with a lamp on a pedestal containing a programmable smart bulb.
Aani performed the acoustic works by Kenty, Saariaho, and Buckley throughout the stairs and landings, accompanied by 5 audio monitors, and interspersed with the recorded works of The Caretaker.
The performance lasted precisely one hour, after which there was a wine reception in the Parlor, and discussion with the creation team. All three performances were sold out; however, due to snow and dangerous driving conditions, the Sunday performance was cancelled.
For a more detailed accounting of the performance, please read below.
About the performers
soprano soloist / program concept
American soprano Aani Bourassa is a versatile actress of emotional depth, praised for her “brilliant, yet sparkling high notes” (Burlington Hawkeye). Noteworthy engagements this season include an artist in residency at the Ad Astra Music Festival where she will sing Peitho in Here Be Sirens (Soper) and soprano in a one on a part version of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion; Messiah with Apollo’s Fire, solo recitals featuring the works of Bach, Purcell, and Barbara Strozzi; Passion and Resurrection (Ešenvalds) as part of the Latvian Embassy’s celebration of Latvia’s centennial; a world premiere performance of The Night Psalms by composer Griffin Candey and solos in Bach’s Magnificat and Cantata 140: Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme as a part of the Marquette Bach Festival, as well as other oratorio, choral, and concert work.
Ms. Bourassa trained at the Capital University Conservatory of Music and the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign studying with Dr. Lynn Roseberry and Yvonne Gonzales-Redman. Her repertoire includes: Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Female Chorus (The Rape of Lucretia), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette). Equally comfortable in recital and concert settings, she has performed solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Bach’s Cantata 140, Schubert’s Mass in G, Vivaldi’s Gloria, George Crumb’s Madrigal 2, Handel’s Saul, and Steve Reich’s So-drumming. Ms. Bourassa is a champion of new and undiscovered music and is currently involved in a collaborative project to rediscover and record the vocal works of composer Carl Czerny with pianist Samuel Gingher.
In addition to performing, Ms. Bourassa works as a producer and manager for classical recordings. She recently relocated to New York City, with her husband, Kevin and dog Kincaid.
Julia Demopoulos of WitheringInks is a self taught mixed media artist using everything from India ink to acrylic paint to create her compelling yet strange works of art. Inspired by nature and the macabre, she blends both of these passions to create her own unique abstractions.
She resides in Harford County Maryland and has a fascination with hiking and visiting abandoned towns all over the tri-state area. These adventures allow her to depict the darker more peculiar side of nature. This also lends to a vast variety of subject matter ranging from flowers and decaying trees, to skulls and crumbing foundations.
Using a technique she created called "dirty water", the artist creates washed eerie backgrounds combined with an eye-popping focal point. This contrast creates an astounding arrangement, that is only enhanced by her mastery of India ink and various splatter effects.
Demopoulos began her path as a professional artist in 2016. Since then she has achieved first place in the category of mixed media in both the Harford County Farm Fair and the Bel Air Festival of Arts. As well as obtaining runner up for ‘best in show’ in the Havre de Grace Art Show. Her artwork was also juried at the Hyattsville Art Festival.