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Instrumentation: soprano, tenor, violin, clarinet, trombone, guitar, marimba, piano, and real time digital signal processing
Duration: 15 minutes
Text: Nick Flynn
Video projections: Jared Handelsman
World Premiere: September 18, 2011, Presented by Electronic Music Foundation at Greenwich House, NYC
Carol Minor (piano), Christopher Bush (clarinet), Joey Wilgenbusch (voice), Nadav Lev (guitar), Erin Heisel (voice), Kae Reed (percussion), Josh Henderson (violin), Sean Reed (trombone), Guy Barash (computer)
Other Performances: May 21, 2014, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY
David Bloom (conductor), Kathleen Supové (piano), Rachel Golub (violin), Megan Schubert (soprano), Aram Tchobanian (tenor), Nadav Lev (guitar), Vasko Dukovski (clarinet), Amy Garapic (marimba), Jen Baker (trombone)
An audio/visual rendition of poems from Nick Flynn’s Blind Huber, the music presentation of Blind Huber is a second collaboration for composer Guy Barash, author Nick Flynn and visual artist Jared Handelsman. In his book, Flynn invites us to consider the intricate geometry of the beehive. Our guide to this new world is Blind Huber, loosely based on the eponymous eighteenth-century beekeeper whose fifty-year obsession uncovered most of what we know today about the hive. Guy Barash derived his structural/textural foundation for this piece from the geometry of the beehive and the sonic environment within and around it. For his video projections, Jared Handelsman has documented a yearlong cycle of honeybees around the Catskill Mountains.
Blind Huber was commissioned by EMF with support from The Jerome Foundation.