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Published on Aug 20, 2011
David Lang describes Keeril Makan's "Target" as "muscular and terrifying... a scary, aggressive juggernaut of invention." He remarks that the disturbing text captures "a kind of violent, psychological damage that takes place deep beneath the surface layer of ordinary words." This video presents the second section "Leaflet I" from Starkland's Keeril Makan "Target" CD.
The New York Times writes:
"Target is a moody, ruminative and volatile setting of a text assembled from poems by Jena Osman and phrases taken from leaflets dropped over Afghanistan in the wake of Sept. 11, scored for mezzo-soprano and four instrumentalists, including a percussionist. It is meant as a stinging political commentary on American military intervention abroad. Mr. Makan responded to the earthy, rich and poignant qualities of Ms. Rubin's voice by writing music thick with sliding, moaning figurations for the voice and all the instruments... she gave a courageous performance of difficult music that clearly speaks to her."
Members of the California E.A.R. Unit accompany mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin in this premiere recording.