Errollyn Wallen to Play Symphony Space, 2/21
Belize-born and London-based composer, singer-songwriter, and pianist Errollyn Wallen takes the stage at Symphony Space on Friday, February 21 (7:30 pm) for an evening of her genre-defying music. The program includes two world premieres and five US premieres, heard in performances by Wallen, the Hartt Quartet, the Miller-Porfiris Duo, baritone Fredrick Redd, and writer David Grand. The concert takes place at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia as part of The Music of Now Series, which runs through the end of March. Tickets are $32, $27 for members, and $20 for those under 30, available at www.symphonyspace.org.
Errollyn Wallen's music blurs the line between sophisticated pop/cabaret songwriting and contemporary art music. Her set at last year's The Music of Now Marathon was a highlight of the day, revealing witty and expressive compositions, crystalline piano technique, a warm and alluring vocal style, and a creative vision that transcends categories. On her upcoming show at Symphony Space, the music is all her own, except for an opening prelude by J. S. Bach.
Says Wallen, "You will be hearing a wide range of music from my catalogue of works - including excerpts from my operas, chamber works, songs from The Errollyn Wallen Songbook and works specially composed for this concert. We are also excited to be presenting the first glimpse from David Grand's great new novel, Mount Terminus, set to my music. David Grand himself will be reading. The novel will be published on March 4th."
Errollyn Wallen was born in Belize and came to London aged two. As a child she started training as a dancer, studying for a time at Dance Theatre of Harlem and, while still a teenager, won a poetry competition judged by Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes. She studied piano with Edith Vogel, and music at Goldsmiths', King's College, London and King's College, Cambridge. In 1990 she founded the group Ensemble X, with the credo, "We don't break down barriers in music...we don't see any."