The repertoire for our EARTHSONGS :: New Days concert (June 22 – Santa Cruz / June 23 – Santa Clara) will include the haunting and beautiful “Past Life Melodies” by the Australian composer Sarah Hopkins. It will feature the age-old technique of harmonic overtone singing, which has its roots in Hoomei (Tuvan) “throat” singing, indigenous to Western Mongolia, as well as the overtone chanting of Tantric Tibetan Buddhism.
Overtone singing allows the performer the unique opportunity to sing in two voices at once. Through singing a steady fundamental pitch in the lower register of the voice, and modulating the shape of the mouth cavity, one can reproduce a “second voice” which consists of high harmonic or overtones, creating silvery, ethereal melodies soaring high above.
Primer on overtone singing.
Preview “Past Life Melodies” (The Choral Project, February 2019)
Sarah Hopkins (b. 1958) is a unique Australian composer-performer, highly acclaimed for her visionary music and inspiring performances for cello, harmonic overtone singing, handbells, choir. With a strong background and training in classical music, over the years she has moved into the realm of holistic music and developed a very distinctive compositional voice. Her solo, ensemble, choral and orchestral compositions demonstrate an expansive and pure musical style which resonates with the space and energy of the Australian landscape as well as the inner landscape of the human psyche.
More information about Sarah Hopkins
FULL REPERTOIRE FOR EARTHSONGS
- Babethandaza (South African folksong) ~ arr. D. Hughes
- Bar Xiam ~ Abbie Betinis
- Gate, Gate ~ Brian Tate
- Ndiyende Njirayi (Mozambique folksong) ~ Jaime Chiphanga
- Past Life Melodies ~ Sarah Hopkins
- Prayer to the Celtic Moon ~ Daniel Hughes
- rules to live by ~ Joshua Shank
- Shambala ~ arr. Kirby Shaw
- Simple Gifts ~ arr. Yumiko Matsuoka
- There Will Be Rest ~ Frank Ticheli
- You Are the New Day ~ John David