Joan La Barbara Presents Compositions At The Met Museum This Friday
Composer and performer Joan La Barbara has been mining the life and work of Joseph Cornell for many years. In this free with Museum admission performance she presents selections from her epic song cycle "The Wanderlusting of Joseph C." along with "Windows" and "Habité par ses rêves et les phantasms."
Inspired by the obsessions, visions, and dreams of the American visual artist Joseph Cornell, "The Wanderlusting of Joseph C." is a new song cycle composed by Joan La Barabara with lyrics by Monique Troung. "Wanderlust" a word coined by Cornell and appearing often in his journals, captures the two longings, the impossibilities-travel and eros-of this man's outwardly quiet, staid life. In his dreams and his art though, Joseph C. transcends and revels in both wander and lust.
The dreamscape prelude to the song cycle is "Windows," a 'sonic atmosphere La Barbara created from 13 years of instrumental, vocal, and natural sound recordings, inspired by Cornell's journal entries and ethereal boxes and whispers from Virginia Woolf. "Habité par ses rêves et les phantasms" (2009) for voice and handheld percussion is the first work she composed inspired by Cornell and uses fragments from Joseph Cornell's journals that describe elements of dreams. the catalysts for much of his work, to generate the sonic reflections.
Free with Museum admission, starting in Gallery 915 and traveling to Gallery 918. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell's Homage to Juan Gris, on view at the Met Fifth Avenue January 23-April 15, 2018.This event is supported, in part, by an A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.
Joan La Barbara:
The Wanderlusting of Joseph C.
Friday, April 13 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM The Metropolitan Museum of Art Starting in Gallery 915 and travelling to Gallery 918
Joan La Barbara: composer and voice Lauren Flanigan: soprano Mario Diaz-Moresco: baritone Miguel Frasconi: flute Bryan Hayslett: cello