Fortunato and Bloom will give first performances of two works written for them: The Crystalline Ship for voice and baritone saxophone by Karl Henning (text by Leo Schulte) and Toward Myself for voice and flute by Matt Samolis (text by Leah Goldberg), and they will perform plus Vowels (1993 for alto flute, voice and handbell) by Daniel Pinkham. Other musicians on the program include saxophonist Mary Joy Patchett performing Pi Approximations for Soloist (2014) by Samolis, and Jason Belcher offering his own musical creations on prepared auto-harp.
Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, called "affecting, superb" by The New York Times, has performed with pre-eminent American symphonies (Philadelphia, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco, Houston, Cleveland, Boston, Dallas, and others); has performed leading roles with major opera companies, including New York City Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Opera San Jose; and has appeared in festivals including Berlin's Spectrum Concerts, the Rome Bach Festival, Marlboro, Casals, Tanglewood, Blossom, and Newport. In 2006, she was a Grammy nominee in three categories including best classical vocal recording. She has recorded 40 CDs on labels such as Harmonia Mundi, London/Decca, Sony Classical, Nonesuch, Koch International, Naxos, and Albany. A regional Met Winner, she also received the Naumburg Prize and the Jacopo Peri Award. She serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory College Division.
Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute, and baritone saxophone, concertizes in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; appears on 40 recordings (Leo Records, 9Winds, Sony Classical, Dorian, other labels); has given workshops, master classes and lecture-demos across the globe; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. His career encompasses exploratory jazz, new and improvised music, jazz standards, blues, bebop, and diverse chamber music from the Renaissance to the 21stcentury. The Boston Globe called his playing “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength,” while Jazz Improv hailed his “exquisite melody” and allaboutjazz.com praised his “hip, jazzy flute work.” He has appeared with Charles Neville, Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Jay Clayton, Walter Thompson, Raj Mehta, Mark Harvey and other notables and has performed with Jazz Expansions Orchestra, Composers in Red Sneakers, Underground Composers, Todd Brunel’s Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music, and FiLmprov (improvised music for animated films of Kate Matson). A 37-year veteran with the internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (“a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum” JazzTimes), Bloom has performed with the band at hundreds of venues and appears on eleven Aardvark CDs, including six discs on the Leo Records, one of the world’s leading adventuresome music labels. With members of Aardvark, he recorded improvised music for the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD series Treasures from the American Film Archives, whichThe New York Times called “one of the best sets of the year.”
A champion of new music, Bloom has given premieres of works by Richard Nelson, Mark Harvey, Elizabeth Vercoe, Pamela Marshall, Peter Aldins, Richard Cornell, Paul Brust, Marianela Maduro, Len Detlor, Karl Henning, Matt Samolis, Narong Prangcharoen and others. He has lectured widely and given workshops and master classes on improvisation, new music, historical performance, and other topics across the U.S. and in Asia. Mr. Bloom is a Board member of the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition and serves as contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music: www.noteworthysheetmusic.com Bloom is managed by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte director, telephone 617 776 8778.