Earl Kim: Now and Then
…spare, inspired text setting. Even without its horrific backstory, Kim’s trenchant work takes on significant power from texts from Chekhov (“The Seagull”), Beckett, and Yeats (“The Tower”).
…uniquely American, rife with tradition, juxtaposition, and vigor.
The music reflected the mystery and sometimes the brutality of the life [that American Indian] totem poles represent. It moved from full organ to a middle section of celeste chords with a haunting melody; the final section, which was very dissonant, returned to the full organ of the opening, with interjections of the celeste and the haunting melody again, ending with a lovely softness.
…a stunning collection of Gordon’s settings of poems by Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath.