This past Sunday, March 1st, Sonora Collective had the pleasure of performing in Naomi S. Clark's Puffy installation at Fort Makers gallery in New York City!
About the artwork:
"Drawing from a body of work that reimagines the stage, Fort Makers has transformed its exhibition space into a puffy 'forest' constructed of soft, sculptural pillows hanging from the gallery’s interiors. The floating pillow composition will be encapsulated by canvas-cushioned architecture that has been treated with gestural paint marks by Naomi S. Clark. Visitors are encouraged to reconfigure the colorful plush shapes that form the installation to fashion the space to their choosing." - FortMakers.com
photo courtesy of Fort Makers
Holding true to Sonora Collective's mission, we designed a custom program with pieces we thought would best reflect the space and accentuate the visual art.
The evening's program included colorful and bold works spanning across four centuries.
DARIUS MILHAUD Jeu from Suite, op. 157B
C.P.E BACH Duet for flute and violin
JACK FRERER Back and Forth for flute and clarinet
PAUL HINDEMITH 8 Pieces for solo flute
BÉLA KOVÁCS Hommage to Manuel de Falla for solo clarinet
J.S. BACH Largo and Allegro Assai from Violin Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005
THE BEATLES ARR. SONORA COLLECTIVE Eleanor Rigby
Katie and Julia performing C.P.E. Bach
A highlight of the evening was giving the New York premier of Jack Frerer's spirited Back and Forth for flute and clarinet! We decided to play with the space and take a literal spin on the title, with Amy towards the front of the room and me towards the back.
Jack is a young composer from Australia with a super bright future. He and I both attended The Juilliard School together, and we are so excited to have him join the Sonora Collective roster. You can read more about him here on his Sonora Collective artist page, and can listen to his music here.
Julia, Amy, and Katie with composer Jack Frerer
The evening concluded with Sonora's own take on the classic Beatles hit, Eleanor Rigby, arranged for flute, violin, and clarinet.
A huge thank you to Fort Makers, Cultural Counsel, and our enthusiastic and supportive audience for making the event possible! Thanks to photographer Billy Pangaribuan of CARA Vision for his stunning captures of the evening.
Sonora Musicians with Fort Makers co-founder, Nana Spears
Sonora Collective is a musicians collective located in New York City that works with contemporary artists to produce unique classical chamber music concerts in art galleries and other special venues in NYC. Sonora Collective creates custom concert programs that complement the performance space and also works closely with living composers to create new music works inspired by visual art. The prize-winning musicians on our roster have appeared on world-class stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and include members of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Sonora Collective was founded in 2020 by clarinetist Amy Wang, violinist Julia Danitz, and flutist Katie Althen. For booking, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org