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HOWL - The Opera

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Published on Mar 1, 2015

Howl! – The Opera (2010) for voice and pre-recorded sound score - Klaus Ib Jorgensen, composer - Janice Jackson, soprano - Arianne Pollet-Brannen, wearable art - Andrew David Terris, video editing

This performance was part of a larger world premier performance of 4 mini operas entitled HOWL, in the Dalhousie University Art Gallery, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Generously funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage.

Howl! – The Opera is a mini-opera for soprano and live electronics is loosely based on Ginsberg’s Howl by Klaus Ib Jørgensen (Copenhagen). Jackson was able to travel to Copenhagen with a grant from Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage to record her voice using pre-composed material and spontaneous improvisation so that Jørgensen could set the overall vocal parameters of what would become an emotionally powerful work of cutting-edge musical art. In this composition, Jørgensen uses extended vocal techniques along with prerecorded sounds, in his own words, “a tale of loneliness, of howling in the solitude of night, of pain no one hears, of loss and of transformation." The pre-recorded sound score was composed with the assistance of composer, Robert Bauer.

Funding for this mini opera were provided by Koda Dramatic and Statens Kunstfond, Denmark.

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