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Sqwonk & Amy X Neuburg with the Solstice Vocal Ensemble
Subterranean Arthouse
Berkeley, CA
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Sqwonk & Amy X Neuburg with the Solstice Vocal Ensemble
Sqwonk explores the full range of the bass clarinet: from deep resonances to raucous wails. Grounded in classical tradition, but drawing from diverse sources such as klezmer, heavy metal, blues, minimalism, & free improvisation.  Features Jon Russell & Jeff Anderle.

Avant-cabaret composer/performer Amy X Neuburg appears with the wonderful and versatile Solstice vocal ensemble to present her "Fill as Desired" ("Beliebig F├╝llen") song cycle for female voices with live looping electronics. Sung in English, German and Czech, the songs are based on recipes that were collected by women in the Terezin concentration camp during World War II, cleverly layered with Amy's own texts on fantasy as a means of survival. The music draws from Eastern European folk, German lieder, Weimar cabaret and the avant-garde, and features Amy as vocalist and looping electronics performer, recording and overdubbing eight voices into a thick multi-layered, multi-language chorus. The 10 songs reflect on complex subject matter with both heart-wrenching poignancy and surprising humor.

The award-winning Solstice ensemble is known for their brilliant renditions of a cappella world music, classical, pop, and everything in between. Amy composed the song cycle specifically for them. Solstice is Emily Bender, Becca Burrington, Lark Coryell, Krista Enos, Mari Marjamaa, Kim Warsaw, and Sara Webb-Schmitz.

"Fill as Desired" was originally commissioned by the Jewish Music Festival, where it was greeted with wild enthusiasm, and has since been staged at the Women on the Way Festival, the new Freight & Salvage, and other venues. A studio recording of the piece is in the final production stages.



Subterranean Arthouse (View)
2179 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

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Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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