Past event (2012)

Former Yellow Barn Ensemble-in-Residence Due East (Greg Beyer, percussion, and Erin Lesser, flutes) joins forces with Duo Borealis (Evan Premo, bass/composition, and Mary Bonhag, soprano) and harpist Jacqueline Kerrod to spend a week in residence at Yellow Barn to study the George Crumb masterwork, Madrigals Books I-IV. These five musicians will take the time to create, reflect upon and refine a memorized and semi-theatrical interpretation of this half-hour long cycle, written in the 1965 (Books I and II) and 1969 (Books III and IV).

In this now famous series of works, Crumb sets fragments of beautiful poetry by the Spanish surrealist, Federico García Lorca (1898-1936). The succinct, ethereal texts evoke strong visual possibilities. The musicians of the Madrigal Project will collaborate with video artist Bart Woodstrup to expand the musical project with video images meant to subtly highlight both music and text. The residency promises to yield an interpretation and performance of this major American work that is both exquisitely detailed and visually elegant and engaging.

Residency Discussion with the Artists

Wednesday, March 21 | 7:00pm

In advance of the March 24th premier performance, the artists of the Crumb Madrigals Project discuss their Artist Residency - how it started, what they are working on in Putney, and their future plans for the project.


Saturday, March 24 | 8:00pm

Post-Concert Discussion | 8:45pm

George Crumb (b. 1929) Madrigals Books I-IV (1965)
Texts by Federico García Lorca
Mary Bonhag, soprano
Erin Lesser, flutes
Evan Premo, bass
Jacqueline Kerrod, harp
Greg Beyer, percussion
Bart Woodstrop, video artist