A new Digital Short in three acts
Directed by the celebrated filmmaker Nadia Hallgren, this short film gives us a peak into composer Tyshawn Sorey's creative process. Using simple and spare musical forces—a solo voice and piano—Sorey crafts a ravishing, reflective setting for a poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906).
LA Opera's newest Digital Short unites Hallgren's striking visuals and Sorey's intriguing harmonies, as the verses of the most influential Black poet of a past generation take on newfound resonance for the present day.
Tyshawn Sorey "transcends the borders of jazz, classical and experimental music."
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This project is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and from a consortium of donors to LA Opera’s Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders.