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Variant 6: Kamala

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Neighborhood House at Christ Church

20 N American St

Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Vocal sextet Variant 6 teams up with local composer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Lipke in Kamala, an exciting, genre-defying collaboration. Lipke’s work is a continuation of his 2015 album Siddhartha, and follows his exploration of Hesse’s novel in a new work that boldly intertwines musical styles and musical timbres, Philadelphia harpist Elizabeth Steiner joins.

The commission will center on Siddhartha’s tumultuous relationship with Kamala. In Lipke’s words:

“Sex, lust, love, losing touch with one's inner voice and getting lost in the world of material things and attachment. Becoming what you always feared you might then eventually becoming overwhelmed and running away from it all.”

Variant 6 begins the concert with a short set of music by favorite composers. These works explore “music from another land,” both real and imaginary. Pieces include Joanne Metcalf’s fantastical Lethe, Louis Andriessen’s take on William Blake’s mythology in Ahania Weeping, Michael Gilbertson’s meditative Where the Words Go, Toby Twining’s wacked-out vision of Hell’s Kitchen Hootenanny, and an unconventional view of our own planet in David Shapiro’s Sumptuous Planet.


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