Vajra Voices 7-Women Vocal Ensemble: Remembered Migrations
Titled "Remembered Migrations" this daring presentation bridges the inner lives of women from as far flung eras and places as medieval France, 20th century Appalachia, 12th century China, and contemporary works inspired by those voices and more. The styles are similarly diverse, from the motets and chansons to familiar folk to vocal abstractions. Amongst the works are premieres by composers Theresa Wong and also multi-instrumentalist Shira Kammen, who joins the ensemble for this performance. Woven throughout is a journey into the alchemy of the human spirit.
Since 2010, the seven women of Vajra Voices, directed by Karen R. Clark, have delighted audiences with their performances of medieval music. This past October they moved the Swedenborgian audience to tears with performances of works by Hildegard von Bingen and Guillaume de Machaut. In 2016, Vajra Voices provided the vocal inspiration for the Garrett Moulton dance premiere of Divining with the Oakland Ballet; and, again, in the production of Speak, Angels in San Franciscos Yerba Buena Center. KQED wrote, Vajra Voices unearthly sounds were thrillingly spun. Vajra Voices & Shira Kammens recent CD, O Eterne Deus: Music of Hildegard von Bingen (Music & Arts label) is receiving international attention. Choir & Organ (U.K.) writes the rich, full-blooded ensemble sings with intensity.
This performance is one in the "Second Sundays" Concert Series at the SF Swedenborgian Church, the monthly series is as unique as its historic setting. Presenting nine diverse concerts themed Pilgrims of the Heart featuring virtuoso performances that cross musical boundaries of culture and geography while expressing the universal strivings of the human spirit with rare traditional compositions in authentic and novel arrangements, as well as inspired original modern works.
The one-hour-plus evening concerts are held in the early Arts & Crafts style candle-lit sanctuary, a National Historic Landmark and an ideal, intimate setting for performances by the smaller instrumental and vocal ensembles that are scheduled. Both audiences and artists have remarked on the warm acoustics of the fire-lit sanctuary with raw madrone columns and rafters. The series gained notoriety in its debut season last year and attendance swelled as the series became discovered.
The series continues monthly on the second Sunday of each month at 7:30 through October 8th. Tickets are an affordable $20 each, available from Brown Paper Tickets online, or at the door. The Swedenborgian Church is located at 2107 Lyon Street in San Francisco, at the corner of Washington Street.
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2107 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
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