Ekmeles: New Vocal Music from the Americas
The new music vocal ensemble debuts on our stage with a cappella music by Kagel, León, Paredes, and Sabat.
Video of this concert will be available on this page at 7 p.m. ET on March 14.
This event will take place in front of a live audience, and tickets are free. To reserve your seat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In compliance with New York City’s Emergency Executive Order 239, Americas Society will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for anyone entering our building. All guests will be required to wear masks.
Ekmeles is a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely-heard works, and gems of the historical avantgarde. Ekmeles was founded to present new a cappella repertoire for solo voices, and by collaborating with New York's instrumental ensembles. Director Jeffrey Gavett brings a hybrid vision to the group: he is an accomplished ensemble singer and performer of new works, and holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program. He has assembled a virtuoso group of colleagues who bring their own diverse backgrounds to bear on the unique challenges of this essential and neglected repertoire.
Ekmeles performs works by composers of the Americas focused on language and communication. Marc Sabat's Seeds of Skies Alibis is the most ambitious and largest-scale microtonal work that Ekmeles has yet commissioned, stretching 40+ minutes of complex pitch ratios to describe the origin of the world through Ovid's Metamorphoses. Paired with this will be Hilda Paredes's Fragmentos de Altazor, setting Vicente Huidobro's metaphysical text, portions of Mauricio Kagel's Der Turm zu Babel, telling the biblical story of the Tower of Babel in many different languages, and 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Music winner Tania Leon's De-Orishas.
Marc Sabat, Seeds of Skies Alibis
Hilda Paredes, Fragmentos de Altazor
Mauricio Kagel, Der Turm zu Babel
Tania León, De-Orishas
Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Elisa Sutherland, mezzo soprano
Tim Keeler, countertenor
Michael Jones, tenor
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director
Steven Hrycelak, bass
The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation. The Fall 2021 Music program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support for this concert comes from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and The Amphion Foundation, Inc.