“The Madrigal Project,” is a multi-media interpretation of George Crumb’s Madrigals, Books I-IV, in collaboration with video artist, Bart Woodstrup. Mr. Woodstrup created this video montage using source video artwork in combination with live performance footage shot at NextStage in Putney, Vermont. The live performance footage was the culmination of a week-long residency at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival on March 18-24, 2012.
George Crumb composed this now classic cycle of works in the mid- to late 1960ʼs inspired by the highly evocative poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. Equal parts stark, angular, tender, and explosive, Crumbʼs music mirrors Lorca’s richly nuanced language. We now come to this music nearly half a century later and still find it fresh, challenging and full of magic. Although its textures are at times sparse and rarefied, the music requires us to pay incredible attention to detail and to each other. The process of learning this music has heightened our sense of community and of our commitment to not just our music, but to one another.