LILY OF THE VALLEY
JUNE 2ND, 8 PM
CHAPEL PERFORMANCE SPACE
in every American family there is at least one refugee or immigrant story. this is the story of Lily.
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Kaley Lane Eaton presents Lily, an electroacoustic "opera" for voice, live electronic processing and sensors, violas, saxophone, electric harp, piano, choreography, and projected imagery with an original libretto by Felicia Klingenberg.
Lily explores the psyche and heart of Lily Isabel Bunny, Eaton's great-grandmother, an orphan who fled England at the start of WWI in 1915, alone, 25, female. She took a ship to Montreal and then a train, which she rode to the end of the railroad, arriving at Cascade Tunnel east of Everett, WA.
Through terrifying, vast electronic soundscapes, intimate instrumental meditations, eerie and intertwining spoken words, and raw melodies that span the range of Eaton's classical and jazz vocal inflections, this piece imagines Lily's grief, exhaustion, joy, and transformation. With Klingenberg's text, full of transcendent clarity and soul, along with the superb skill of some of Seattle's best performers and improvisers, we invite you in to the enormously complicated experience of migration that unites our species.
Kaley Lane Eaton, voice, electronics
Heather Bentley, viola
Gwen Franz, viola
Steve Treseler, saxophones and clarinets
Carol Levin, electric harp
Wei Yang, piano
Karin Stevens, choreography
Rian Souleles, projected images
photo by Arthur Allen