For fans of Alice and classical music, here’s news via LCSNA member C.M. Rubin about a new full-length Alice opera. Composer (and opera singer) Dr. Gary Bachlund has created two one act operas, one for Wonderland and one for Looking-Glass, that can be performed separately or together. Wouldn’t it be nice to see someone produce this during the upcoming Alice150 festivities in NYC in 2015?
To read the interview, click me.
And here’s a bit of the score. (If the video doesn’t load, try refreshing this page in your browser.)
In a recent post I noted the release of a new CD by alternative band Daniel Hales, and the frost heaves, called Contrariwise: Music From Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Daniel wants to let everyone know that this Friday, January 10th at 6:30pm in Massachusetts, they will be holding their official CD launch party.
You can read more about the event, including details and ticket pricing, on this Facebook page.
And you can watch a live performance compilation clip they made for “The Walrus and the Carpenter” right here (if the video doesn’t appear, try reloading this page in your browser):
Here’s a special holiday treat from composer and Lewis Carroll fan Carson Braun, in Germany. He has set Carroll’s Christmas Greetings From a Fairy to a Child to music, and created a lovely video. Singer Bastian Korff has a beautiful pop voice, and Braun himself provides the instrumentation and backing vocals. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays! (If the video does not appear below, try reloading the page. Or, you can view it by clicking here. It is a large file, so it may take a few moments to load fully. It’s worth the wait.)
If you read German, you can learn more about these artists on their web sites:
We recently posted about Daniel Hales and the Frost Heaves, and their new Contrariwise album, which includes a musical setting of the poem “Jabberwocky.” We have just received a link to another musical setting of the famous poem, this time for piano and voice:
“Listen to JABBERWOCKY, a musical setting by New Mexico composer Joanne Forman, with bass-baritone Christopher Wyndham and pianist Martha Grossman.
For further information about the music of Joanne Forman, e-mail: email@example.com.
With special thanks to Cultural Energy, a non-profit organization in Taos, New Mexico, creating media voices, with over 3000 audio archives.”
To listen to Ms. Forman’s version of “Jabberwocky,” click me.
Attention, shoppers! Are you looking for some new Holiday “Carrolls” for yourself or someone else? Is there a Carrollian on your list who claims to have “everything” in the world of Alice music? Well, we’ve just received this note from Daniel Hales, of the indie alt/rock/folk band Daniel Hales, and the Frost Heaves:
“Our 3rd album: Contrariwise: Songs from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass is now available for purchase on CD Baby (either the entire, physical album, a download of the digital album, or selected tracks). For this album we adapted (almost) all of the poems in the two “Alice” books for music–and also wrote a few Alice-themed originals. These adaptations were originally composed and performed for a stage production of “Alice In Wonderland,” but can now provide the soundtrack for your own adventures in magical realms: http://cdbaby.com/cd/danielhalesandthefrosthe”
Daniel sent me a preview copy of the album, and while everyone’s tastes are of course different, I think the musical settings are quite fun. You can sample any or all of the tracks before buying, so check it out, and if you like what you hear, shop away!
To give you the flavor of their music, Daniel also shared this clever video they made for Jabberwocky, animating Tenniel’s original illustrations (if the video doesn’t load, try refreshing this page in your browser, or click me to view it on Vimeo):
Pop singer and pop culture icon Boy George (formerly of Culture Club) credits a passage from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as the inspiration for the song “Any Road” from his new album, This is What I Do. There is alas no video yet for this track, but apparently George uses a Wonderland theme to address the various paths one can choose in life, and his own choice to step away from the various forms of addiction that have dogged him in the past.
To read more of the article from web site The Quietus, and see promo clips from some of the album’s other tracks, click me.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will present Leonard Slatkin conducting the world premiere of the complete version of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici’s opera Dum Dee Tweedle, based on Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, this afternoon, Sunday, December 1st, at Detroit Orchestra Hall. The performance will also be webcast free to a global audience via the DSO’s “Live From Orchestra Hall” series of HD webcasts. Hosted by WDET 101.9 FM’s Alex Trajano, the broadcast will begin at 3 p.m. (EST) and will include pre-concert and intermission interviews. Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 is also on the program, with soloist Yoonshin Song.
For full details on Yaddo and a link to join the webcast, click me.
If you’re into rock and perhaps a touch of goth, you might enjoy this video from a band known as Breaking Benjamin, for their song Evil Angel. The visuals are a mash-up of Wonderland characters with your typical “death and destruction and insanity” images, with a few other wild cards (including a recurring character resembling Punch). Be advised that there is some animated gore, so it may not be for the illustratively faint at heart. But don’t worry–it turns out it was all a dream. Or was it…?
This just in….
“First, I want to offer our thanks for posting a link to our album pre-sale for “Contrariwise: Songs from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland andThrough the Looking-Glass“ on your site. I don’t know if you post any updates on projects in process, but we have 63 hours left and have only met about 30% of our goal. The homepage for our campaign is: http://igg.me/at/Contrariwise and here’s our most recent video update showing a session where we added “hundreds of voices” to the chorus of “Queen Alice” by recording in a former bank lobby, as well as a clip us performing “They told me you had been to her… ” at the Hilltown Spring Festival: http://youtu.be/9CrwC9ErDEM
We thank you ninety-times-nine!
Daniel Hales, on behalf of Daniel hales, and the frost heaves.”
So, if you like indie/alternative music and enjoy supporting Carrollian music projects, you might want to check out their links before their fundraising campaign expires.
Composer Bruce Lazarus posted a link on our Facebook page about The Lewis Carroll Project, his art song cycle dedicated to the life and works of Lewis Carroll. Lazarus has drawn his libretto from both well-known and lesser-known Carroll writings, including The Game of Logic and a letter to a child friend. You can read more about the project and listen to “The Mad Gardener’s Song” by clicking here.