Voice for the Voiceless: Women
Three Children’s Songs, Chris Martin
Autumn Begonia by Qiu Jin, Sophie Xuefei Zhang
The Darkness of the Womb, Niloufar Nourbakhsh
…plus a variety of selections by Heggie, Bloch, Poulenc, and Garrop as well as a set of cabaret songs by “Ma” Rainey, Kurt Weill, and Edith Piaf.
Chelsea Hollow and Sophie Xuefei Zhang bring together a program celebrating women of a variety of ages, backgrounds, and social status through a lens of five sets of voices: a group of allies, young women, women from around the world, women of the cabaret and blues traditions, and an activist offering a hope for a better future. The program features three world premieres by Chris Martin (Berkeley, CA), Sophie Xuefei Zhang (Tianjin, China), and Niloufar Nourbakhsh (New York, NY) as well as two sets of carefully curated music from the 20th and 21st centuries. Through the intimacy of recital, depth of viewpoints presented in each song, and a layout which moves from questions of our past towards answers of tomorrow, Hollow and Zhang aim to spark conversation and inspire progress and collective growth. The 2019 recital tour included concerts in San Francisco, New York, & Los Angeles.