Very happy to share this excellent New York Times review by Ben Ratliff of Song of Silver Geese‘s 2nd performance at the legendary Vision Festival in its 21st year:
Jade Tongue, Mivos Quartet, and the great dancer-choreographer Satoshi Haga–the mastermind behind the 1200 tea lights for our piece and much of the staging, along with our lighting designer Caitlin Rapoport, and the 7 dancers led by Rie Fukuzawa, who all helped carry the tea lights so gracefully onto the stage–created a beautiful moment for the audience and for the artists performing.
We couldn’t believe how silent and generous the audience was during the whole performance. We were so touched by the standing ovation and moving feedback afterwards, as we enjoyed the rest of the night’s festivities, ending with Sun Ra’s Arkestra. Huge thanks to the incredible musicians and to Patricia and William Parker who gave us such a perfect opportunity to share the work in the historical Judson Memorial Church.
I look forward to the next time we can perform Song of Silver Geese again – we will do a music-focused version of it on closing night of my Stone residency on August 14th, 8pm and 10pm sets, this time with PK Harris on 1st violin, Erica Dicker on 2nd violin once again, Mat Maneri playing viola within the string quartet, and Christopher Hoffman on cello. The rest of my Stone residency, August 9-14, will have different music each set. Hope to see you!
In the meantime, I am already starting the solo process borne from this piece, and will show a 20-minute excerpt of the work-in-progress at Asia Society on October 1st, in a triple bill with Susie Ibarra and Samita Sinha. I also plan on premiering Phase 1 of this solo project at National Sawdust on May 17 & 18, 2017, presented by World Music Institute. Stay tuned for more updates…