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Ensemble Ipse ~ 2019-20 Season
Both Eyes Open – Opera Workshop
September 6th, 2019, 7:30pm
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Ensemble Ipse, the Paul Dresher Ensemble, and First Look Sonoma present "Both Eyes Open" - a workshop presentation of Max Giteck Duykers' new opera with a libretto by Philip Kan Gotanda.
"Both Eyes Open” is an opera/theater hybrid about the effects of U.S. internment during WWII on a Japanese-American farmer in California’s Central Valley, and draws parallels to ethnic tensions and socio political trends that still resonate today. Seen through the eyes of his wife’s ghost, and his resurrected, once buried, Zen Buddhist Daruma Doll, the farmer returns alone after the war to his darkened fields having lost his family and livelihood, struggling to find his path again. Singers Kelvin Chan, Kalean Ung, and John Duykers star in this piece that revisits and illuminates this pivotal period of U.S. history and its divergent perspectives, and sheds light on the current state of xenophobia and polarizing socio-political beliefs.
The project has been awarded numerous grants including the JFunds Commission, New Music USA, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the National Parks Service's Japanese-American Confinement Sites Program, and will be premiered by the Paul Dresher Ensemble along the West Coast in 2020-21 in communities affected by the internment.
Our workshop performance on 9/6/19 will feature:
Kelvin Chan (baritone), "Jinzo Matsumoto"
Kalean Ung (soprano), "Catherine Matsumoto"
John Duykers (tenor), "Daruma Doll"
With Ensemble Ipse:
Christa Van Alstine, clarinet
Esther Noh, violin
Geoff Burleson, piano
Ben Grow, condutor
Special Guest from the Paul Dresher Ensemble:
Joel Davel, Marimba Lumina
Direction: Melissa Weaver
NOW AVAILABLE ON NEW WORLD RECORDS:
Max Giteck Duykers
1. Folding Music (13:06)
2. Scatterloop (8:52)
3. The Way In (8:47) - with guest soprano Zen Wu
4. Twilight for Adored and Breathless Moments (12:37)
5. Arborescence (10:54)
6. Dark Body (14:48)
We’re thrilled to announce the release of our album of co-director Max Giteck Duykers’ music on New World Records with 9-time Grammy winning producer Judith Sherman. Purchase here. Read the liner notes by New Music Box’s Frank J. Oteri here.