Transfigured Light is a project exploring microtonality in new and historical choral works. The first part of the program pairs rarely performed Renaissance works with world premieres by composers Dorothy Chang, Brendon Randall-Myers, and Benton Roark, each composed for choir and chamber ensemble, including hand-built microtonal instruments. The evening culminates with Death Speaks, David Lang’s masterful meditation on the transient nature of existence.
For this special event, fourteen world-class affiliate artists from Vancouver, Toronto, New York, and other locales around North America join together to discover connections between certain trends in Renaissance and contemporary music genres. A cornerstone of the programme is 16th century composer-theorist Nicola Vicentino's Musica prisca caput, a motet dividing 31 tone-per-octave motet composed with Vicentino's microtonal keyboard, the Archicembalo. Guided by the research of early music theorist Jonathan Wild, Arkora adapts this masterful and arcane work for choir and 31-tone equal temperament glass marimba, Roark's Lumiphone. This instrument and other unique instruments are also featured in other works on the program, which explore the theme of regeneration as it pertains to culture, biology, and spirituality.
Transfigured Light takes place at twilight on May 18th, 2017 in Celebration Hall and is presented by Redshift Music Society.
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Orphan - Bottomless Night - painting by Galen Felde