Ekmeles performs George Lewis and Hannah Kendall
New York experimental vocal sextet Ekmeles performs works by legendary composer and scholar George Lewis and increasingly acclaimed composer and storyteller Hannah Kendall that explore different aspects of the African-American diaspora. Lewis’s piece Lone Coast Anacrusis, for voices and accordion, gives voice to the peoples displaced and the communities shattered in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, based on Nathaniel Mackey’s poem of the same name. Hannah Kendall’s This Is But an Oration of Loss memorializes – hauntingly, delicately, passionately – a massacre of slaves on a ship in 1781.
Ekmeles performs David Lang’s the little match girl passion
the little match girl passion is Lang’s lush and tuneful mash up of Hans Christian Andersen and the Saint Matthew Passion, and it is as heartbreaking as it is uplifting. The Guardian recently called this work a 21st century masterpiece – “one of the most original vocal works of recent times.” Come see for yourself.