I’m thrilled that we received support for this project! We presented “The Wanderlusting of Joseph C.” at Roulette on May 24th, performing 5 of the 6 songs in this song cycle inspired by the life and work of Joseph Cornell, featuring Ne(x)tworks musicians [Miguel Frasconi (glass, flute, synth); Shelley Burgon (harp); Stephen Gosling (piano) and Christopher McIntyre (trombone)] with the fabulous singers Lauren Flanigan, Mario Diaz-Moresco and Julia Meadows, guest cellist Bryan Hayslett and video projections by Kurt Ralske. I’ll keep updating as we move forward.
I’d also like to add short bios for collaborators Monique Truong and Lauren Flanigan (see below):
A Vietnamese American novelist and essayist, Monique Truong is based in Brooklyn, New York. Her first novel, THE BOOK OF SALT (2003), was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Fiction book, and the recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, among other honors. Her second novel, BITTER IN THE MOUTH (2010), received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a best fiction book of the year by Barnes & Noble and Hudson Booksellers. Most recently, Truong was a 2012 Visiting Writer at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and 2010 Guggenheim Fellow. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and numerous national magazines. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law, Truong is also an intellectual property attorney. Additional information may be found at www.monique-truong.com.
Lauren Flanigan is very happy to be back on stage after an 8 years hiatus when she was diagnosed with Sudden-Senso-Neural Hearing Loss and Meniere’s Disease. Called “the thinking-man’s diva” by TIME, her career includes performances of 100 different operas, 10 world premieres, eleven CDs, 5 Live from Lincoln Center telecasts, and 1 major motion picture. Lauren is also the founder of Music and Mentoring House, Inc. (MMH) a NYS not-for-profit mentoring through education, leadership, musical opportunity and community service.