2019 | 11 | for 10 singers
collaboration with Fojan Gharibnejad & Zachary Seely
Commissioned & Premiered by
AuditivVokal Dresden, Dir. Olaf Katzer
September 13, 2019 in Hannover, Germany – chor.com Festival
hēmi- is a work made in collaboration between composers Fojan Gharibnjead & Zachary Seely. The piece draws upon inspiration from the works of Dr. Angela Davis & her incredible legacy of revolutionary championing of fundamental rights and seeks to develop a cultural exchange towards new artistic expression & political initiatives. hēmi- reflects on the individual personal experiences of the composers and serves as a collection of exchanges both artistically & politically. The work was composed during a time when the relationship between the composers’ birth-nations was in a dangerous state. The two first met in Leipzig, where they become colleagues, actively sought to share their perspectives of the world & art with one another, and were each inspired the other’s artwork & ideas. In order to defy the the socio-cultural norms of their time they collaborated on a composition which explores their shared interests & struggles both musically & politically.
Program Note by Zachary Seely & Fojan Gharibnejad:
What will you say to the face of being?
the black night sky sits gently in the soft hand of time and pricks the heart of might