107 Projects hosts the launch of Symbioses, a traveling concert series curated by New York-based Australian singer Jane Sheldon. At each Symbiosis Jane invites two guest instrumentalists to join her to present chamber music for duo and trio, with special attention given to the works of the present and of the 20th century avant garde. These hour-long programs are designed to cast a light on the symbiotic nature of chamber music performance: breathing together, thinking together, and witnessed at close range by the listeners. Symbiosis I, the series opener, features guest artists Megan Clune (clarinet) and James Wannan (viola). It includes a world premiere by Australian composer Jack Symonds, and Elliott Carter's Poems of Louis Zukofsky (2008). For more info see janesheldonsoprano.com/symbioses.
Jane Sheldon, biography:
Praised by the New York Times for singing "sublimely” and described as “superb, with a voice of penetrating beauty, precision and variegated colours” (Sydney Morning Herald), New York-based Australian soprano Jane Sheldon has sung under the direction of William Christie, Charles Dutoit, Antony Walker, and Reinbert de Leeuw. Specializing in early music and active in the creation and performance of new works, she has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Boston Camerata, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Halcyon, Synergy Percussion, and Ensemble Offspring. Jane is also a member of the acclaimed touring ensemble for composer John Zorn and has performed his music throughout the world, most recently at the 2014 Adelaide Festival. In New York she works with Wet Ink, Talea, and Ekmeles, and appeared in New York City Opera’s 2012 Vox Festival and the 2014 MATA Festival. In 2011 Jane was awarded Performance of the Year with Ensemble Offspring at the Australian Art Music Awards for The Origin Cycle, a work she co-commissioned. Jane’s recent album, North + South, was nominated for Best Classical Album of 2013 at Australia's ARIA awards. Upcoming engagements include New York's Resonant Bodies Festival of contemporary and experimental vocal music, a residency in Finland with dancer Maria Nurmela, as guests of the Kone Foundation, and the world premiere of John Zorn's Madrigals: Book II.