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Episode #3203

New Sounds Live: Penelope Songs

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Sunday, September 08, 2013

For this New Sounds, listen to selections from Sarah Kirkland Snider's epic song cycle, Penelope. From a New Sounds Live recorded in March of 2011 at Merkin Hall as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival, hear composer/vocalist Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond.  together with the versatile sextet yMusic.  Also, yMusic performs Snider's instrumental piece, "Daughter of the Waves."

In "Penelope," (inspired by Homer’s epic poem, the Odyssey), a woman’s husband appears at her door after an absence of twenty years, suffering from brain damage.  A veteran of an unnamed war, he doesn’t know who he is and she doesn’t know who he’s become. While they wait together for his return to himself, she reads him the Odyssey, and in the journey of that book, she finds a way into her former husband’s memory and the terror and trauma of war. 

PROGRAM #3203, NS Live with Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider & yMusic      (First aired on 5/12/11)                                                       

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Sarah Kirkland Snider,  Shara Worden, Signal

Snider/Worden/Signal: Penelope

 

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Penelope- This is What You’re Like [5:07]

New Amsterdam
newamsterdamrecords.com

Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shara Worden, yMusic, Ted Poore, percussion, Michael Hammond, laptop

NS Live at Ecstatic Music Festival,  Merkin Hall 3/16/2011

Penelope: excerpts. Stranger With the Face of a Man I Loved [5:00]

The Lotus Eaters  [6:00]
Nausicaa [3:00]

These performances not commercially available.

Sarah Kirkland Snider, yMusic,

NS Live at Ecstatic Music Festival,  Merkin Hall 3/16/2011

Sarah Kirkland Snider: Daughter of the Waves [8:32]

These performances not commercially available.

Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shara Worden, yMusic, Ted Poore, percussion, Michael Hammond, laptop

NS Live at Ecstatic Music Festival,  Merkin Hall 3/16/2011

Penelope: excerpts Circe & the Hanged Man [4:30]
Home [6:30]

Open Hands [1:00]
Baby Teeth, Bones, and Bullets [6:10]

These performances not commercially available.

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