I’m happy to tell you that Mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano has invited me to be part of her recording project, Sea Tangle: Songs from the North. In Maren’s words:
Mezzo-soprano Maren Montalbano’s SEA TANGLE is an exploration of myth and folk tales from the northern lands of Alaska, Scotland, and Iceland through song. Joined by Rebecca Harris on violin and Christa Patton on harp, Maren will perform vocal works, both old and new, which have never before been recorded for the public. From Scotland comes SEA TANGLE, a cycle of Hebridean folk songs collected and arranged for voice and harp by Marjory Kennedy-Fraser; though it was published in 1913, there exists no recording of this music as of yet. We next visit Alaska with Kamala Sankaram’s KIVALINA (2014), a meditation for mezzo-soprano and violin on the eponymous barrier island which is currently being subsumed by the ocean as a result of climate change. Melissa Dunphy will be adding her own compositional voice with a work for mezzo-soprano, violin, and harp, using text from the Icelandic Edda, ancient epic poems that were the inspiration for J.R.R Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS.
As a North Sea girl, this idea truly speaks to me, and I’m excited about getting down to work with Maren, harpist Christa Patton and composer Melissa Dunphy. Read more about it here and stay tuned for more details! To make a tax deductible contribution to support Maren’s project, click here.