Founders performs the NYC premier of Sacred Space, a 7-song cycle of original works featuring the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Combining musical styles of plainchant, West Coast jazz, and neoclassicism, this cycle is a somber yet unorthodox exploration of spiritual life. The title, Sacred Space, alludes to the interweaving of religion, reverence, and death - some of the most central themes in Poe's writings.
Founders will also be integrating arrangements of Messiaen's Quartet For The End Of Time, Radiohead, and original songs to complement and illuminate the solemn themes of Sacred Space.
In the same way that Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle was written for tenor voice as the disheartened lover, Founders will be featuring tenor Ben Russell in this evenings song cycle about the cold bitter loss of sanity and love. In addition to pieces from Founders debut album, which range from Appalachian Folk originals to classically modernized Radiohead covers, the program will also include a premiere from the ensemble, which utilizes text from a poem by Wilhelm Müller also found in Winterreise.