"AEOLUS at National Sawdust"

Friday, April 7, 2017

National Sawdust
80 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

AEOLUS is a new opera combining throat singing, multiphonics indie-rock and electronics making its premiere here at National Sawdust. It is written and performed by Ken Ueno (Rome and Berlin Prizes winner) in collaboration with FLUX Quartet (“legendary for its furiously committed, untiring performances,” Alex Ross), and the “haunting, Björk-like vocals” (SF Classical Voice) of Majel Connery.

AEOLUS is inspired by the mythological keeper of the winds, Aeolus, from the Odyssey. In the classic tale, wind shapes human destiny. In the opera, wind, reinterpreted as breath, is a compositional tool. AEOLUS charts Ueno’s personal odyssey, linking impressionistic scenes from memories, found objects and literary fragments from the composer’s past. Musically, the opera juxtaposes “arias” by Ueno and Connery; virtuosic, voiceless passages by FLUX; and meditative textual interludes.


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"Mainline Music presents ORACLE HYSTERICAL"

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Starline Social Club
645 W. Grand Ave.
Oakland, CA

Oracle Hysterical is a chamber pop collective of four composer-performers: Majel Connery, Elliot Cole and Doug and Brad Balliett. Half band, half book club, Oracle Hysterical combines eclectic musical influences, with literary breadth, adapting great works of literature through the medium of song. The group's classical instrumentation and lush arrangements anchor influences ranging from John Blow, to the Beatles, and My Brightest Diamond. On May 13, led by conductor Stephen Prutsman, the NYC-based group partners with a handpicked, 10-piece local ensemble to unveil a trio of artful, rock-infused works based on texts by Suetonius (a seedy "Cleopatra cantata"), an Afghani folk tale (the chaste "Babinigar") and a bassoon "multiphonics" concerto.

Mainline Music is a forum for the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, theater, dance, and fine art. Its mission is to revive the natural affinity of art and revelry and establish a creative asylum for artists and audiences. Mainline is both a residency and concert series, offering resident artists one week of unfettered access to space and technical resources culminating in a public work-in-progress performance. Mainline recruits, nurtures, and presents unconventional performers, composers, and other unclassifiable artists of exceptionally high caliber, enabling them the freedom to take risks during the incubation of new work.

Founded in 2016, Mainline is the brainchild of vocalist and producer, Majel Connery. Mainline is supported by Opera Cabal, a company dedicated to rewiring the operatic paradigm through bold experiments in music, theater, and multimedia. During its inaugural year, Mainline is generously hosted by the Starline Social Club.


"Hyde Park Salon Series"

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Doors: 7:30p
Performance: 8:00p

Salons are held at a private residence in Hyde Park, near the University of Chicago campus. Email us at contact@operacabal.com for more information.

Featuring performances by the Baroque Dance Project and University of Chicago-based Folklear Nuclei. 

Opera Cabal curates a monthly Salon Series on the South Side of Chicago dedicated to fostering the growth of unusual contemporary performance in its beginning stages. The Salons are a forum for scholars, free thinkers and artists of any definition, both local and countrywide, giving priority to those producing uncommon work that can be difficult to program in conventional settings. Grounded in the University of Chicago tradition of open artistic inquiry, the Salons offer the opportunity to share and critique work in an intimate and rigorous workshop environment. Founded in 2006, the Salons are exclusively not-for-profit, community-based, and open to the public by invitation.

Salons are generously hosted by the University of Chicago Stein Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in Physics, Sidney Nagel, and Fermilab Deputy Director, Young-Kee Kim

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