ENAENSEMBLE + WILL BROBSTON
ENAensemble is a music and theater ensemble focused on cultivating and performing new and important works of theatrical vocal music. Based in Philadelphia and founded by Evan Kassof, Nicole Renna, and Anaïs Naharro-Murphy, ENAensemble has presented a diverse range of productions over the last year. The first production, The Propaganda Machine Show ran for four sold-out nights at the 2018 FringeArts Festival. Following that success, ENAensemble presented a rare, fully-staged version of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with additional works by Ravel, Stravinsky, and Kassof. ENAensemble dedicated the remainder of the season to guiding new composer/librettist teams in the creation, production, and performance of their new opera episodes as part of the 2019 Serial Opera Project. A resident ensemble in the Music Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, ENAensemble is constantly developing new ways to present opera, musical theater, art song, and other forms of vocal-led musical story-telling. The 2019 Serial Opera Project culminated in a binge-staging of the entire work as part of the 2019 FringeArts Festival. ENAensemble plans to continue its residency at the Music Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia with serialized workshop readings of a new musical after the pandemic. ENAensemble is a proud recipient of a 2020 Philadelphia Culture Fund Grant.
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Will Brobston is a Philadelphia-based composer and guitarist who utilizes music as a means to reinterpret various aspects of life, art, and other extra-musical topics. Recent works include: Bardo (2018, solo guitar), based on Tibetan Buddhist beliefs regarding the transition between death and rebirth; Petroglyphs (2017, clarinet and string trio), inspired by prehistoric rock carvings; and Star Dune (2017, orchestra), based on the geological properties of sand dunes and deserts.
Woven Images is a chamber work by Will Brobston inspired by the post-war poetry and art of Anne Ryan. Woven Images reflects Ryan’s visual artwork and poetry from her final six years (1948-1954) and sets the text of some of her poems. The artwork was greatly inspired by the small, intimate, and delicate collages of Kurt Schwitters. Written for voice, Pierrot ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano) as well as percussion and electronics, Woven Images is an ethereal, visual, and spatial experience.
This presentation of Woven Images is a conglomeration of ENAensemble’s rush to put a recording of this work together as the COVID pandemic made it clear that rehearsals and performances were coming to an end. The recording was made during a rehearsal at Turtle Studios in South Philadelphia. This is not a performance recording, but rather a document of our last time getting to make music together. Of course, this means the recording is not perfect, but we are proud to present a happy memory of a spellbindingly beautiful piece cobbled together out of love for the music, fear of the pandemic, and gratitude for each other. ENAensemble is incredibly proud to present this work here at Cherry Street Pier, and we look forward to the proper premiere of Woven Images in the future.
Voice: Alize Rozsnyai
Flute: Bailey Spiteri
Clarinet: Eric Just
Percussion: Andrew Henry
Piano: Risa Okina
Violin: Michael Shingo Crawford
Cello: Leigh Brown
Conductor: Evan Kassof
ENAensemble + Will Brobston
Opera and Video