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Ensemble Ipse ~ 2019-20 Season
Both Eyes Open – Opera Workshop
September 6th, 2019, 7:30pm
Shapeshifter Lab
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


Max Giteck Duykers
Ensemble Ipse
Folding Music

Track Listing:
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.

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Ensemble Ipse is a 501(c)(3) contemporary music ensemble dedicated to showcasing the wide variety of practices in the current new music scene. The ensemble presents concerts of recent music that transcends aesthetic categorization and strives to create a forum for composers on the edges of the mainstream of contemporary music. With this in mind, Ensemble Ipse is committed to performing and commissioning the music of emerging composers, as well as composers who have been traditionally under-represented in the larger new music community, including women, LGBTQ, and people of color.

In its first three seasons, Ipse has performed dozens of works, 21 of them premieres, 5 of them commissions, and received support from New Music USA, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University




Ensemble Ipse is a 501(c)(3) organization. and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  

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Ensemble Ipse
149 Clinton Ave #2A
Brooklyn, NY 11205