Category: Cady, Jason/Archives

Chorus Of Refuge

Two African women holding babiesChorus Of Refuge” is new sound installation by (HV producers) Ann Heppermann, Kara Oehler, and composer Jason Cady. It’s free at Union Docs in Brooklyn (322 Union Ave), December 13th 7-9p.m; part of their Documentary Bodega series.

“Chorus of Refuge is a sound installation that transmits the stories of six refugees,living in different cities across the U.S. to six radios. The voices of the refugees are superimposed and coordinated in both rhythm and tonality to unite their narratives of struggle, survival and triumph.”

Post-Madonna Prima Donna

CD coverPost-Madonna Prima Donna, Jason Cady’s CD, is out on Peacock Recordings (see prev post: Jason Cady & The Artificials).

Post-Madonna Prima Donna (2001) is a one-act opera. The subject is language, sepcifically, in this excerpt, the Minnesota vernacular. “Post-Madonna Prima Donna: Recitative 1 | Aria” (1:01 | 3:02 mp3):

Also on the CD is an 11-part Odi et Amo (2006), a cantata inspired by the love poems of the ancient Roman poet Catullus.

Jason Cady & The Artificials

CD coverJason Cady and the Artificials experiment with opera. The following piece is in five parts, Overture, Recitative, Aria, Recitative II, and Finale. The two Recitatives are priceless: they are operatic renditions of everyday conversations, recorded by the composer. “Recitative” (at 2:10 into piece) is about how folk from Michigan say “m’Bye.” Recitative II (at 6:10) dialogs on the dictionary definition of “resplendent.” Jason Cady and the Artificials, “Post-Madonna Prima Donna” (9:35 mp3):

Jason Cady talks about his compositions on the podcast Sound Speaks for Itself.