Hankering for Humpback Harmony?
We hope you attended Ensemble ACJW's performance this past weekend, but even if you missed it you can check out their performance of George Crumb's Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale), recorded live at Galapagos Art Space on June 10, 2013.
Your next chance to hear a live performance by Ensemble ACJW, is Thursday, January 9 in Juilliard's Paul Hall.
Crumb was inspired by the sounds of humpback whales in writing Vox Balaenae, and the music is intended to suggest deep oceans, the sounds and journey of the animal, and its environment. To add to the mystery, the musicians wear black masks over their eyes and the stage is dark, lit only by deep blue lighting—a way of suggesting visually what the music is telling you aurally: that you’re deep under the ocean's surface.