The following songs are available for licensing (ASCAP) and re-recording. Please contact Amy via this website for permissions.
Days Go On (1998) - 3:33 AUDIO
My Life (1997) - 1:28 AUDIO
No More (1998, live recording) - 4:04 AUDIO
Mr. Intangibillo (1997, live recording) - 5:04 AUDIO
No Crime (1999, studio recording; C. Kaye - backup vox) - 4:49 AUDIO
Only Bones Will Speak (1999, demo) - 3:29 AUDIO
*Down (2000, demo; with C. Kaye, vox) - 6:43 AUDIO
Blind Devotion (1998, live recording) - 3:42 AUDIO
Us (1999, live recording) - 5:21 AUDIO
*from the stage play Me, the Devil, and Other Friends by Fannon Holland
Composed in 2013 for orchestra, chorus, and film. Duration is 12 minutes.
2[pic.alto] 0 2 0 - 0 0 0 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - Chorus (SSAATB) - str (9,8,7,6,5)
This work was commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra with support from New Music USA’s Composer Assistance Program. It was composed for this orchestra and The Crossing choir of Philadelphia directed by Donald Nally. Mark DeChiazza's film (Mark Andrew, Director of Photography) was commissioned by Amy Beth Kirsten and the ACO. The World Premiere performance took place on February 20, 2014 at Carnegie Hall.
The VIDEO here (coming soon!) is a trailer for the piece and consists of imagery from the film as well as music and words by the composer (Amy Kirsten, voice).
BOOKS BY MARIKO NAGAI:
DUST of EDEN
Composed in 2013 for distorted digital piano. Dust of Eden was commissioned by author Mariko Nagai to be featured in the video trailer for her latest book of the same name. Click the image to view the trailer. Buy book on Amazon.
COURBET AND THE MODERN LANDSCAPE
Music from the Ice Forest for voice and percussion was commissioned in 2006 by the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD. The music was composed to evoke a particular season of Courbet's landscapes; it was recorded in the studio at the Peabody Institute, and set up on a continuous loop which played throughout the 5 month-long exhibit, "Courbet and the Modern Landscape" curated by Eik Kahng. The recording features Michael Compitello, percussion and Amy Kirsten, voice.
To LISTEN to the audio and VIEW some of the rare Courbet winter landscapes that were featured click here.
Visual art played a huge role in inspiring the chamber opera, Ophelia Forever (2005). These artworks are featured in the printed reproduction of an exhibit called "The Myth and Madness of Ophelia" curated by Carol Solomon Kiefer in 2001 at Mead Art Museum in Amherst, MA. Visit amazon to view the book.
Of the many resources Kiefer deftly arranged in the exhibit, the following three images were most significant to the opera:
--Untitled (Ophelia) 2001 ©Gregory Crewdson
--Ophelia Forever, 24" x 24" x 2"oil on canvas on panel ©1999 Linda Stark
--Ophelia, 30.0" × 44", oil on canvas, 1851-1852, John Everett Millais