Castle of Our Skins. Photo by Bearwalk.
An immersive three-day residency at the Longy School of Music of Bard College will be presented as part of Castle of Our Skins’ (COOS) ninth season, “Stitching Together Stories, History, and Arts,” celebrating Black artistry through music. It is COOS’ third year as a Music Ensemble in Residence at Longy, and this season’s residency focuses on the music of South African composer Dr. Bongani Ndodana-Breen. Complete with lectures, master classes, open rehearsals, and performances, the residency will culminate in a Portrait Concert featuring chamber works by Ndodana-Breen on December 3.
Composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen has written a wide range of music encompassing symphonic work, opera, chamber music and vocal music. According to the New York Times
his “delicately made music – airy, spacious, terribly complex but never convoluted – has a lot to teach the Western wizards of metric modulation and layered rhythms about grace and balance.”