PRESS RELEASE: NOW AVAILABLE: Gemma Peacocke's "Waves & Lines"
Waves & Lines is the new album from New Zealand-born, Princeton-based composer Gemma Peacocke, out November 30 on New Amsterdam Records. The record is available exclusively through New Amsterdam’s Bandcamp subscription as part of the Windmill Series, a new digitally-focused set of releases for subscribers in addition to our existing release schedule. Subscribe today to receive the album, which will be released on all other platforms February 15, 2019.
Waves & Lines is a 50-minute multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics and chamber ensemble. The album is based on a collection of Afghan women’s folk poems called landays. These poems are passed down secretly as a sung oral tradition and were collected and translated by Eliza Griswold in the book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from contemporary Afghanistan.
Exploring the distance, anonymity and strange intimacy of phone calls, text messages, and radio broadcasts in which the poems are shared, the song cycle features the use of fixed electronics and projections.
Waves & Lines premiered in June 2017 at Roulette Intermedium with the support of the Jerome L Green Foundation and received its Australian premiere at the Melbourne Recital Centre in April 2018.
Composed by Gemma Peacocke
Adapted from I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan by Eliza Griswold
Eliza Bagg, Voice
Borah Han, Piano
Adam Holmes, Percussion
Pat Swoboda, Bass
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Mike Tierney
1. Bees (04:33)
2. Love (05:31)
3. Father (04:14)
4. Ice Cream (06:03)
5. War (06:36)
6. I Am The Beggar of the World (06:03)
7. Separation (07:28)
8. London (06:05)