When violinist Airi Yoshioka commissioned composer Susan Botti for a piece for the two to perform together, the result was Mangetsu for soprano and violin... and another result... Duo della Luna - a voice/violin duo specializing in the performance of intimate contemporary music.
Airi had performed several of Susan's other chamber works (with Botti singing) - which was always a dynamic and creative thrill for them both. But they really found a special spark when the music was stripped down to just their two voices intertwined. Soon after Mangetsu premiered, they began to brainstorm about more works that they could perform together. Eventually (the hope is) that this will lead to more works being created specifically for Duo della Luna. The works that they currently perform celebrate the natural world, and their love of myth and story-telling. In addition to contemporary works that explore these themes, they also incorporate arrangements of folk songs, for their universal, timeless messages.
sample of repertoire:
Mangetsu (Susan Botti)
Triptych of Gossips (Linda Dusman)
Changing Light (Kaija Saariaho)
On Thin Air (Rahilia Hasanova)
Folk Song Arrangements
As composer and performer, Susan Botti's eclectic background and experiences are reflected in her music. Her musical explorations have encompassed traditional, improvisational and non-classical composition and singing styles. Botti is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Rome Prize; and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund, NY Foundation for the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. She was the third Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow with the Cleveland Orchestra. Additional orchestral commissions include works for the New York Philharmonic, and The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing her own vocal works, Botti specializes in the performance of contemporary music by composers of diverse styles, including: Gubaidulina, Kurtág, Chihara, Pintscher, Matheson, and Cage, among others. Composer/conductor Tan Dun created several major works highlighting her vocal and theatrical talents, including the role of "Water" in his internationally renowned opera, Marco Polo (Sony Classical), and Orchestral Theatre III: Red Forecast.
http://www.susanbotti.com/ - http://www.youtube.com/SUBOmusic
Hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as "brilliant and intrepid", violinist Airi Yoshioka has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Deeply committed to chamber music, she is the founding member of the Damocles Trio, Modigliani Quartet and the Voyager Ensemble and has performed and recorded with the members of the Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. Her orchestral credits include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Sinfonietta and engagements as concertmaster and soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi and concertmaster of one of the festival orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she was one of the original members and concertmasters of the New Juilliard Ensemble and is currently a member of Ensemble Pi, Continuum, ModernWorks!, and RUCKUS Ensembles. She straddles both traditional and contemporary genres and can be heard performing music from Baroque period on a period instrument to electro-acoustic works on electric violin. She has premiered dozens of works and she has published a dozen solo and chamber CDs which can be heard on Naxos, New World, Claves, Mode, Albany, Neuma, and Pony Canyon records labels. She holds B.A. in English from Yale University and M.M. and D.M.A. from The Juilliard School.
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