Vocalise featuring Amal El-Shrafi (video premiere)

Hello friends.

Grateful to share with you a new pandemic-era commission — a collaboration with soprano Amal El-Shrafi, commissioned by the Refugee Orchestra Project as part of the Quarantine Commission Challenge, in memory of conductor John Oliver — sponsored by Eileen Huang. The video, recorded in our homes, with Amal in Boston and myself in Manhattan, was edited by long-time collaborator Chris Shimojima.

It would be strange to heave on a wordless Vocalise an extended program note — so I will not attempt. Enjoy it!

with gratitude to everyone involved in bringing the Vocalise to life,


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