Composer Lisa Bielawa celebrates the June 30 release of her new album on the Innova Recordings label, The Lay of the Love, at Spectrum. The evening will feature selections from the centerpiece of the album, The Lay of the Love and Death, performed by baritone Jesse Blumberg and pianist Jocelyn Dueck, with violinist Colin Jacobsen. The narrative text is from an early Rainer Maria Rilke epic poem. Penned by a young Rilke in one feverish night, the poem imagines the last days of an ancestral cousin, who went off to war with the Hussars some 200 years before Rilke’s time, and never returned. In addition, pianist Evelyne Luest will perform Bielawa’s Wait for solo piano and drone (with all of the musicians participating in the drone), also featured on the new disc. Wait, though instrumental, also takes the soul-searching words of a Romantic poet, from Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, as its theme, meditating on the words of the poet-exile as he stares out to sea in the direction of his homeland.
Both of these works were commissioned expressly for, and premiered by, the performers appearing at Spectrum. Bielawa’s collaborations with these deeply poetic musicians have been at the center of her own creative life for over a decade, and the new Innova recording represents the fruition of these rich collaborations. The Lay of the Love album was recorded by Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, and features performances by baritone Jesse Blumberg; soprano Sadie Dawkins Rosales; pianists Jocelyn Dueck, Benjamin Hochman, and Evelyne Luest; violinist Colin Jacobsen; cellist Eric Jacobsen; clarinetist Anthony McGill; and flutist Lance Suzuki. The album also includes Hurry, Bielawa’s recreation in musical time of the experience she had when reading Boris Pasternak’s poem Hurry, My Verses.
$20 at the door, includes a copy of the CD.