Kaufman Music Center’s teen new music ensemble, Face the Music, joins forces with composer/flutist/vocalist Nathalie Joachim, a member of eighth blackbird and Flutronix and 2019-20 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence, to perform new arrangements from her critically-acclaimed debut album Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), a joyful and life-affirming evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet, and electronics.
A celebration of some of Haiti’s most iconic yet underrecognized female artists and an exploration of Joachim’s Haitian heritage, Fanm d’Ayiti features original songs incorporating the recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls’ choir of her family’s home village of Dantan; new arrangements of songs by some of Haiti’s greatest female singers; and recorded interviews with these artists about their lives fighting for social justice and uplifting the people of Haiti.
A remarkable musical portrait of women’s experiences from biblical times to the present day, she is called traces a path from early texts by men about women to explorations of current themes through the work of contemporary women composers, including the world premiere performance of Nathalie Joachim’s Blood Sister, with text by North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green.
Brought to life by the acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC), this work-in-progress showing illuminates the musical and spiritual lives of women today in radiant form. This developmental production is conceived and conducted by Dianne Berkun Menaker, founder and artistic director of BYC, and was developed with Helga Davis, who is also a Creative Futures fellow at Carolina Performing Arts.