Ars Nova Singers affords free on-line efficiency Friday

By Peter Alexander Feb. 17 at 9:40 p.m.

“We wished to deliver the music from one among our finer performances,” Tom Morgan says.

The conductor of Boulder’s Ars Nova Singers wished to supply a free on-line present to the disaster-wearied area people at the beginning of 2022, earlier than the choir begins having in-person rehearsals and performances later within the spring. However he confronted one drawback: the group has made lots of sound recordings of their concert events, however not any movies. 

Tom Morgan wished to offer a present to the Boulder neighborhood

What he wished to share was a pre-COVID efficiency from October 2018, of Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, a jazz-inflected, trendy setting of actions from the Latin Mass. Morgan determined that slightly than displaying a static picture or sequence of nonetheless pictures, which he says are “not significantly fascinating to take a look at,” he would create his personal video with summary and pure imagery to accompany the music.

Beneath the title “Made Cool,” the ensuing video will likely be supplied free to the general public at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, via the Ars Nova Net web page.

Soprano Kathryn Radakovich performs the virtuosic solos within the Mass in Blues

With imagery that responds to the music slightly than any specifics of the liturgical texts, the video transcends particular spiritual or doctrinal interpretations. Morgan feels that fashion of video suits nicely with the rating, which brings collectively a jazz trio of piano, bass and drums with a virtuosic soprano solo and the choir.

“Todd in his conception and setting is making a fairly clear try to universalize the mass,” Morgan says. “He’s attempting to make it extra each trendy and common by taking it into this musical language.

“I assumed we should always go even a step additional with the visuals. It provides one other layer of that means to the music. To determine the intent of universalizing the mass and bringing it to a wider viewers, I assumed a video overlay that additionally universalizes the mass opened it as much as extra interpretation, (by) not being overly literal with the mass.”

The video may be very a lot a COVID-era product. To construct his abilities in video enhancing, Morgan took on-line video-editing lessons through the early months of pandemic. He first used his newly-developed talents in his former job as music director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder. With that have, he then transferred these abilities to his work with Ars Nova.

Morgan plans to make extra use of his video enhancing expertise in future work with Ars Nova. Now that he has retired from his church job, he has “extra alternatives to consider how we do the artwork that we do, in methods that isn’t the same old live performance,” he says. For the reason that pandemic, “we’re having to suppose in new methods and broaden what we do. It’s a great problem, however a essential one proper now.”

In creating the “Made Cool” video, Morgan chosen a unique visible theme for every of the six actions of Todd’s Mass. These vary from images he himself took in a church in England to visuals of nature and pure phenomena. Aside from the images Morgan took within the Sanctus motion, they largely got here from on-line sources.

“There’s on-line libraries of all form of video prospects, used for promoting,” Morgan explains. “There’s additionally great public libraries like from NASA, and people have been invaluable and fascinating to work with, too.”

In some circumstances Morgan was capable of join with particular photographers whose on-line materials he responded to, and get extra materials from them. He may use the visuals in that approach to create continuity inside a motion, for instance—“in order that it’s not fully a mishmash,” he says.

“I thought of how a story would possibly come via every specific motion, and likewise one thing that will join throughout the piece. I attempted to seek out little arcs inside the actions after which discover an total one that will permit the music to broaden into that house. That additionally ties into what an precise Mass is, when it comes to a sequence that has a relationship to redemptive historical past.”

Lots of the movies had been out there for a small price, though Morgan and Ars Nova drew the road at paying one videographer in England £45 per second for his video. “That’s manner out of our value vary,” Morgan says. “We stated, ‘Let’s discover one thing else!’” Different materials nonetheless they paid for the rights to make use of, the identical as they did for the music and the performances of the musicians  concerned.

With the video, Morgan is collaborating within the improvement of latest types of artwork—a form of classical choral-music video. “It’s a unique tackle the normal choral live performance,” he says. 

“I hope it can get out to a wider viewers than our ordinary live performance supporters.”

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“Made Cool”
Ars Nova Singers, Tom Morgan, director
With Kathryn Radakovich, soprano; Scott Martin, piano; Mark Diamond, bass; and Russ Meissner, drums
Video enhancing by Tom Morgan

Will Todd: Mass in Blue

  • Kyrie
  • Gloria
  • Credo
  • Sanctus
  • Benedictus
  • Agnus Dei

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18

Free digital efficiency HERE

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