Alkemie: A Worthy Mirror, February 2024

Alkemie, together with guest artist Amanda Gookin of the Forward Music Project, presents “A Worthy Mirror” — a commissioning project of female and non-binary composers in response to 12th-century trobairitz texts. One of those composers is me!

I’ve had the great honor of contributing a song to this fascinating and delightful project. The text I chose to set expresses the dismay of a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, and her hopes of reunion with her lover.

A Worthy Mirror” represents a time-traveling dialogue with the 12th-century trobairitzthe feminine counterpart of the poet-composers known as troubadours. Together with Forward Music Project, we are commissioning eleven female and non-binary composers to respond to and converse with the 36 extant trobairitz texts (of which we only have music for one). This body of lyric poetry represents a large group of historically female and anonymous femme voices in the literary tradition. Witty, ironic, heartbreaking, and erotic—these texts present a mirror to reflect upon what feels foreign about the past and what feels familiar, what is the role of gender and self in relationships, and how do we make space for the multiplicities of identity, both in the 12th century and today.

February 25, 2024 at 7:30 pm EST (doors open at 6:30pm)

National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Composers for this program include Gelsey Bell, Maya Bennardo, Alison Cheeseman, Hai-Ting Chinn, Melika Fitzhugh, Sarah Goldfeather, Tis Kaoru Zamler-Carhart, Racquel Acevedo Klein, Li Qi, Niccolo Seligmann, and Patricia van Ness
The performers are:
Tracy Cowart: voice, harps, percussion
David McCormick: vielle, rebec
Ben Matus: voice, bagpipes, lute, dulcians
Sian Ricketts: voice, recorders, douçaines
Niccolo Seligmann: vielles, scheitholt, gittern, psaltery, percussion
Elisa Sutherland: voice
With Guest Artist
Amanda Gookin: cello

You can buy tickets in advance online ($25+fees).