Transfigured Light is a project exploring microtonality in new and historical choral works. The two concert events include pairings of rarely performed Renaissance works with world premieres by composers Dorothy Chang, Brendon Randall-Myers, Benton Roark, Tova Kardonne, Fay Wang, Jonathan Wild, and Noah Meites, each composed for choir and chamber ensemble, including hand-built microtonal instruments. The concerts culminate with contemporary master works, such as Death Speaks, David Lang’s meditation on the transient nature of existence.
For these special events, 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 Cycle I was 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 adapted this masterful and arcane work for choir and 31-tone equal temperament glass marimba, Roark's Lumiphone. This instrument and other unique instruments feature in other works on the program which explore the theme of regeneration as it pertains to culture, biology, and spirituality.
Transfigured Light cycle I took place at twilight on May 18th, 2017 in Mountain View Cemeteryl and was presented by Redshift Music Society.
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Transfigured Light I in Mountain View Cemetery, May 2017
Orphan - Bottomless Night - painting by Galen Felde