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December 3, 2019: Father, My Father by David Adamcyk with Talea Ensemble

Father, My Father

Canadian composer David Adamcyk’s new composition, Father, My Father, is an evening-length concert music reflection on how the #MeToo movement has impacted him as a father. It features a selection of poems, texts, and musical quotations, amongst which are interspersed interviews with individuals of different ages on the subjects of parenthood, gender, relationships, and power. An array of loudspeakers placed around Americas Society’s unique concert space play back these materials and immerse the audience in an audio-collage that alternates with original music, performed by five instrumentalists from Talea Ensemble and vocalist/collaborator Lucy Dhegrae. The result is a tightly woven musical experience that considers the changing roles, attitudes, and interpersonal dynamics of gender in society and family contexts, and contemplates how parenthood, among many other avenues, can affect positive change in the future. Father, My Father is made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.