Fellows' Presentation, Performances

Pieces of the Mask

Experimental Opera by Reiko Yamada
Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2015–2016 Fellows' Presentation Series


Pieces of the Mask will feature excerpts from the Radcliffe fellow and composer Reiko Yamada's upcoming experimental opera Mask Your Sonic Story, to be performed by the members of the Lorelei Ensemble and the Boston Percussion Group.

Rather than the explicit storyline of traditional operas, Pieces of the Mask offers its audience a collection of hints in the shape of words, onomatopoeia, movements, and costumes, which are left open to interpretation. Audience members can move freely around the set to follow certain characters during the performance—allowing them to hear their "secret songs" and preventing them from hearing the others'—and forcing them to interpret what they see and hear through their individual subjectivity. As a result, Pieces of the Mask creates as many narratives as there are audience members.

This special presentation at the Radcliffe Institute will incorporate visual material from the filmmaker Valérie Massadian, a 2015–2016 Radcliffe-Harvard Film Study Center Fellow.

Yamada is devoting her year as a Radcliffe fellow to an artistic exploration of expanded and reinterpreted performance environments, using a variety of media and interactive features, in order to create a deeper engagement with the audience.

This concert performance, which is free and open to the public, is an excellent opportunity to hear an innovative new piece. It will be followed by a public reception with the composer and performers.

The concert features will feature six singers from the Lorelei Ensemble and four percussionists from the Boston Percussion Group:

  • Corrine Byrne, voice
  • Brian Calhoon, percussion
  • Christina English, voice
  • Jonathan Hess, percussion
  • Emily Marvosh, voice
  • Clare McNamara, voice
  • Sophie Michaux, voice
  • Matt Sharrock, percussion
  • Greg Simonds, percussion
  • Kirsten Sollek, voice

Also featuring:

  • Reiko Yamada, concept, music, onomatopoeia, and video editing
  • Richard Colton, stage direction
  • Ani Geragosian, costume design
  • Phillip Golub, production and score assistant
  • Seth Torres, audio engineer
  • Nicolas Trépanier RIGF '08, words