A concert project of new music for percussion and women’s voices featuring Bay Area-based multi-instrumentalist, Laura Inserra and local Sacramento poet, Renée Aubern.
As always, Vox Musica jumps into the musical unknown with their highly anticipated adventurous concert project, coming this February 18th and 19th. This year we present VOICES IN POETRY: An Adventurous Concert Project, a concert collaboration between Vox Musica and the Bay Area-based multi-instrumentalist and composer, Laura Inserra (www.laurainserra.com). This performance will feature original compositions for women’s voices based on the text of local poet, Renée Aubern. These newly commissioned works and the improvisatory music of Laura Inserra will bring Renée’s text to life and will serve as the centerpiece for our presentation. This will be an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event with live art, poetry readings, and the opportunity to engage in discussion with our composers, artists, and musicians. VOICES IN POETRY will be presented on February 18th and 19th in Downtown Sacramento.
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1430 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814)
Location: Beatnik Studios (723 S Street, Sacramento, CA, 95811)
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Laura Inserra, is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and artistic director. She is a classically trained musician with a strong improvisational background. She plays contemporary and world music in different projects as a percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. She authors and performs music for theater, dance performances, exhibitions, and soundtracks for movies with internationally acclaimed musicians.
Inserra has performed internationally in prestigious festivals and theaters in Italy and the US that include: The Colosseum (Rome), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Rome), Teatro Olimpico (Rome), CounterPULSE (SF), NOHSpace (SF), San Francisco City Hall, De Young Museum (SF), Grace Cathedral (SF), Italian Cultural Institute (SF and LA), San Francisco International Arts Festival (SF), Meridian Gallery (SF), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), The Freight and Salvage (Berkeley), The Marsh (Berkeley), The Flight Deck (Oakland), Vessel Gallery (Oakland), The Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland) among others.
Inserra has collaborated with various artists globally. Her performances display ancient and modern instruments and are infused with a unique blend of musical inspiration and melodic harmonies which deeply resonate with audiences worldwide.
For 20 years she has been involved in the artistic direction of multidisciplinary performances in Europe and in the US. In 2007 she moved to the SF Bay Area and founded Samavesha, an international non-profit multidisciplinary performing art organization based out of Berkeley. Among her productions the Art in Nature Festival, the Cave Concerts, Creative Explorations, and Rose Labyrinth Series are some of the most popular. To know more about her vision, visit her blog Fertile Art Conversation.
Audiences worldwide are not only mesmerized by this woman but also captivated by her virtuosity, profound musicality, and the passion she brings to the stage.
Renée Aubern, is multidisciplinary artist fascinated with wedding poetry to other creative mediums. As the daughter of a photographer and songwriter, she has been playing music and creating art (or something like it) for most of her life. She is a native to Sacramento, CA and in 2008 was awarded the Laura Vromann Memorial Scholarship in creative art. This enabled her to move to New York, NY where she studied poetry and experimental art at The New School. After completing college in 2011, she took a residency at the circus in Brooklyn where she played the accordion and continued crafting poetry. When she wasn’t performing in the circus or cabarets, she was writing. She was part of the founding team of Luna Luna Magazine, a New York-based literary magazine that is dedicated to art, culture, sex, occult, and women. In 2013 she returned to California where she continues to write and explore the creative world around her.
Click the Link to Read her Poetry: To Swim in Your Hazy Head.pdf
Nathan Woodward, Sacramento, Ca – Sumpter, or (Hang Drum & Janngu)
Mario Burgos, Central Pennsylvania – Stay (Hang Drum)
Sarah Wald, Davis, Ca – dreamers no. 2 (Blossom Bells)
Krista Penny, Sacramento, Ca – Romantic Scenescape (Hang Drum)
Joel Case, Sacramento, Ca – to the sound of (Hang Drum)
Heather Razo, Sacramento, Ca – countdown (Hang Drum)
Adam Ward, San Francisco, Ca – process project (Hang Drum)
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