This experimental program features new works for voice, sax and electronics by Marti Epstein (world premiere), Andre Lambert (world premiere), Hilary Tann, Lars Skoklung, and duets by Orlando di Lasso, and requires the audience to remain blindfolded for the duration of the concert.
KOEK is the Dutch word for cake and is pronounced as "cook". The duo features soprano Aliana de la Guardia and saxophonist Kent O'Doherty, and emerged from their mutual desire to further their personal artistic disciplines and to create an enveloping concert experience together. They were inspired to start the duo from the influence of the beautiful and audacious music and theatre that has been present in their lives as members of Guerilla Opera, and from their mutual love of other creative art forms. Their programs will experiment with, deepen and extend the concert experience by engaging all the senses; visual, aural, and even smell and taste at times.
ALIANA DE LA GUARDIA is a classical singer, actor, and producer hailed by Stuff Magazine as "an anomalous player on the Boston music scene." An avid performer of New Music, she has performed the works of many of the leading composers of our time such as Berio, Berg, Birtwistle, Gorecki, Kurtág, Sciarrino, Schoenberg, as well as collaborating with composers to commission new works. She a co-founding artist of Guerilla Opera, director of the production company Dirty Paloma, and half of the avant-garde duo KOEK. Additional New Music performances with: Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Center for Contemporary Opera, Ludovico Ensemble, Equilibrium Concert Series, New Music Brandeis, Firebird Ensemble, I/O Ensemble, Xanthos Ensemble, and Harvard Group for New Music, among others. Standard classical performances include Boston Lyric Opera, Granite State Opera, Lowell House Opera, MetroWest Opera, Opera Brittenica, New England Philharmonic, and Cappella Clausura, among others. (www.alianadelaguardia.com)
KENT O'DOHERTY is an interdisciplinary art maker whose work generally falls into the territory of existence and being. A native of Australia, he saxophone-studied his way through Melbourne (Australia), Rotterdam (Netherlands), and then to Boston, MA, picking up performance art, followed by video and sound sculpture. As a performer/teacher/art-maker, he endeavors to discover what lies beyond both his self and convention. He has had the great fortune to make art with some wonderful people and looks forward to more discoveries in the future. (http://kentokentogb.blogspot.com)
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