It’s the launch of our tour with the incomparable Nathalie Joachim!
Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics developed by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim. Commissioned by St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, Fanm d’Ayiti is a celebration of some of Haiti’s most iconic yet under recognized female artists, as well as an exploration of Joachim’s Haitian heritage. The project features original songs incorporating the recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls choir of her family’s home farming village of Dantan; new arrangements of songs by some of the greatest known female voices in Haitian history; and recorded interviews with these artists about their lives fighting for social justice and uplifting the people of Haiti.
Developed in a two year Liquid Music Virtual Residency, Fanm d’Ayiti premiered in March 2018 with members of SPCO in St. Paul, MN, and will be presented in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 season with us!
Fanm d’Ayiti is much more than a collection of fantastic tunes. It is a rare peek inside a composer’s sense of place, of self. We’ve had our eyes opened in extraordinary ways by the stories burning bright within this music, and those that manage to get their hands on tickets to this album release show are in for an unforgettable night of deeply personal, and deeply invigorating music.
Fanm d’Ayiti (2018) – Nathalie Joachim