February 19, 2014
Italian Modernists, UC San Diego
kallisti. Vocal chamber music. Co-curated with Jonathan Hepfer. Works by the Italian modernists Luigi Dallapiccola, Niccolò Castiglioni and Aldo Clementi. Featuring soloists of the vocal ensemble kallisti, the program will also include a new work by Kyle Rowan, commissioned as a companion piece to Dallapiccola's masterwork, Piccola Musica Notturna ('A Little Night Music'). Vocal chamber works include Dallapiccola's Divertimento in Quattro Esercizi (1934), Niccolo Castiglioni's Terzina, Auf der Suche nach einem Frischen Wind and Cantus Planus, as well as Aldo Clementi's Madrigale for piano four hands.
February 25, 2014
David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, Art of Elan, San Diego Museum of Art
Vocal chamber music. The San Diego premiere of Lang's modern classic in a version for four solo singers and percussion.
Opera; soloist and producer. Panelist. Cuatro Corridos was the centerpiece of the 2014 John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium on the University of New Mexico campus.
Cuatro Corridos will serve as a launching point for a series of panel discussions and other symposium-style interactions for the UNM campus and the broader community dealing with several critical discussion points of our time, including regional border issues, sex trafficking, issues of gender and social justice across borders and cultures, and the role of art as a provocation and reflection upon contemporary social issues.
April 18, 2014
Minimalist Jukebox, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Soloist with orchestra. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw in the West Coast premiere of Andrissen's masterwork De Materie. The second act (Hadewijch) is a work which Narucki first sang in 1992, and has recorded for Nonesuch Records with the ensemble ASKO/Schoenberg.
May 7, 9 and 10, 2014
kallisti: Sino alla morte, UC San Diego
kallisti chamber opera. Producer, concept, direction. A "constructed opera" the hour-long fully staged production juxtaposes music by two Italian composers: Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) and Salvatore Sciarrino (1947-). Although separated by hundreds of years, each has written vocal music of profound expressivity and intense beauty.
Sciarrino's rarely performed vocal sextet "Le donne di Trachis" (1980) is the cornerstone of the evening. Written for unaccompanied female voices, it draws inspiration from Sophocles' tragic The Women of Trachis. The central mystery of The Women of Trachis lies with Deianeira, the wife of Heracles. Abandoned by her unfaithful husband, she turns to sorcery in desperation, presenting him with a robe whose lining is dyed with a potion that she believes will rekindle his love. But Deianeria is deceived. The robe brings only destruction, and leaves her with a doubly inflicted pain, that of her husband's infidelity coupled with his death, an unintended consequence of her anguish.
May 19-21, 2014
Shanghai Conservatory of Music, CHINA
Residency, lecture, master class and recital. At Shanghai Conservatory of Music, vocal master class with students from the graduate vocal studies program, a lecture on 20th Century American Vocal Music and a recital of works by Dallapiccola, Webern, Kurtag, Ives and John Cage with pianist Shao Lu.
August 8, 2014
Cuatro Corridos at Zipper Hall, Colburn School of Music, Los Angeles, California
Producer, performer. In partnership with the non-profit organization, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles at the Colburn School's Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. the gala benefit will include the performance of the critically acclaimed opera and a post performance reception.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary, The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit, public interest law firms in the USA. It serves more than one million poor and low-income people in the greater Los Angeles area and has worked tirelessly on behalf of victims of human trafficking. LAFLA’s Executive Director Silvia R. Argueta says of the event, “We feel that Cuatro Corridos is a beautiful, engaging, and innovative way for our organization to draw attention to this critical issue.”
September 21, 2014
David Lang's Ark Luggage - Carlsbad Music Festival
Vocal chamber music. With Art of Elan chamber music series for the US premiere of David Lang's Ark Luggage for soprano and string quartet.
September 26, 2014
Aaron Helgeson's poems of sheer nothingness - World Premiere - with Talea Ensemble at roulette
Vocal chamber music, commissioned work. With Talea Ensemble, the world premiere of Aaron Helgeson’s poems of sheer nothingness. Commissioned by Narucki in 2012, the thirty five minute cycle for soprano and chamber ensemble has been supported by the Aaron Copland Fund in support of the commercial recording on Innova.
October 13, 2014
International Festival Cervantino, Guanajuato, MEXICO
Vocal chamber music. With Ensemble Redes, David Núñez, violín, Alexander Bruck, viola, Wilfrido Terrazas, flauta, Pablo Gómez, guitarra, Fernando Domínguez, clarinete, Iván Manzanilla, percusiones and Randall Scarlata, baritone at the Teatro Juárez. The world premieres of Shakespeare Sonnets set by Mexican composers Ana Lara, Soneto 30 / Víctor Ibarra, Soneto 26 / Georgina Derbez, Soneto 43 / Alejandro Gómez Villa-Gómez, Soneto 9 / Hilda Paredes, Soneto 129 / Arturo Fuentes, Soneto 116 / Gonzalo Macías, Soneto 138 and Ignacio Baca Lobera, Soneto 76.
“Everything is enigma in Shakespeare, game of masks and identities, crossed roles on stage, echoes of other voices and authorships, real fictions and fictional chronicles about the author in his escapades of wandering comedian. Could he be different describing the alchemy of love, exploring the peaks and depths of passion? The most intimate Shakespeare is presented to us in his one hundred and fifty-four legendary sonnets. Metaphysics of eternal love, as Agustín García Calvo, one of his major Spanish translators, would say: because “passion and grace invade these sonnets with so much truth and life”. Nine of those poems will transit to the sonic discourse of some of the most relevant Mexican composers of the recent generations. A FIC production in collaboration with FONCA (National Endowment for Culture and Arts).
October 22, 2014
Aaron Helgeson's poems of sheer nothingness with Talea Ensemble, Weds@7 Series at UC San Diego
Vocal chamber music. With Talea Ensemble in performance of Aaron Helgeson's song cycle poems of sheer nothingness. Commissioned by Narucki in 2012 and stems from a collaboration begun at UC San Diego. A recording of the thirty five minute cycle for soprano will be released on Innova label in 2015.