Last week, Mara, Marina, composer Gabrielle Herbst, and I went to the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, New Hampshire, a magical place where musicians and composers can have the time and space to work, not to mention delicious meals for sustenance. We were there specifically for the New Music Initiative, a program directed by Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello of New Morse Code, which focuses exclusively on ensemble/composer collaborations. The facilities were pristine, the landscape was beautiful, and the people were so lovely. We were truly lucky to have the opportunity to work with Gabi in this idyllic setting!
During our group work sessions, Gabi led improvisations that opened up the weird and strange possibilities that could come out of our instruments and our vocal cords. I don’t want to give too much away, but after this, I’m so excited to hear what Gabi creates. In addition to writing classical music, she composes short-form, vocal-centric compositions under the name GABI. If you aren’t familiar with her work yet, you can see her opera Bodiless online here and listen to (and buy!) her album, Sympathy, here.
Big thanks to Dr. Fred Tauber and Deborah Scherr of Avaloch for making such a unique place exist! And we’re also grateful to Hannah and Michael for being so receptive to our proposal.
Here are some photos. We don’t have as many in the studio because we were focused on work and rarely took our phones out, which was a refreshing change from our usual day-to-day.