Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble

Midwest premieres of Ēriks Ešenvalds’s Seneca’s Zodiac and Santa Ratniece’s Horo horo hata hata offer contrasting views of the extraordinary choral colors and textures of contemporary Latvian composers.

Ešenvalds evokes an ever-turning kaleidoscope as he marries voices to tuned water glasses, whistles, Tibetan singing bowls, and prepared piano, while Ratniece’s distant animal calls and undulating harmonies imply the hidden depths beneath her soundscape.

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