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World Premiere of Joan La Barbara’s Ears of an Eagle; Eyes of a Hawk: In the Vortex at Lincoln Center

Feb. 01, 2020

Joan La Barbara’s Ears of an Eagle; Eyes of a Hawk: In the Vortex receives its world premiere on February 10 at the Appel Room at Lincoln Center. The performance, led by Jeffrey Milarsky, is part of the New York Philharmonic's Sound ON Series, curated by Nadia Sirota, and features musicians from the Philharmonic. Ears of an Eagle; Eyes of a Hawk: In the Vortex was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic as part of “Project 19”, a multi-season initiative that features commissions by 19 women composers in honor of the centennial of the 19th Amendment. 

Joan La Barbara reflects on her new work, saying:

“It’s a complicated title; it’s a complicated event. [The work consists of] layers of recorded material that will surround the audience. I’m trying to get this sound surrounding the audience, and put them in the center..the vortex of the sound…and have a commentary that goes on between the various instruments. There are interjections that happen from time to time which reflect the kind of issues and problems that came to be while this Amendment was in the process of being ratified.”

(Joan La Barbara discusses her compositional motivations and demonstrates her battery of vocal techniques)

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Joan La Barbara
Ears of an Eagle; Eyes of a Hawk: In the Vortex (2019)
for chamber ensemble with voice and fixed media