Voices, harp, vielle, and percussion

"Tapestry looked like a glamorous girl group…they radiated femininity as they swayed their bodies, threw back their heads and lifted their clear voices in sensuous love songs…singing with passionate expressiveness, Tapestry gave the ancient music modern relevance."
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tapestry looks back on one of their most popular programs and widens their scope to include music of the Ottoman Empire.This one-of-a-kind concert brings together a multitude of interpretations, both sensual and spiritual, of Song of Songs: a 3,000 year-old text, which has been variously classified as an erotic love song, and as Jewish and Christian allegories. The program weaves ancient Hebrew, Medieval Latin, Arabic and Spanish songs into a program that the San Diego Reader describes as "an inexhaustible cornucopia of sensual pleasures."

On its face, Song of Songs, also known as the Song of Solomon, is alternately a richly elaborated compendium of figurative language and an exquisitely sensual portrait of love between a young woman and a young man, set in Jerusalem and its environs in the flush of springtime. Yet the meaning of this text has varied widely in its long, and continuing, history as a vital work of scripture, literature and music. It is one of the shortest books in the Bible, consisting of only 117 verses and its antecedents are far older, including pre-biblical Egyptian and Assyrian lyrics.

The Frankfurter Rundschau writes: "The singers of Tapestry effortlessly carried through the enormous Dominikanerkirche with their full voices in a program of Song of Solomon texts that brought together Jewish and Christian traditions. The dramatic presentation was particularly convincing as they moved throughout the church performing ancient and modern compositions that revealed both erotic and holy interpretations of the texts. A specialty of this ensemble is their creative approach to their material. The relationship with the ancient music was creative fantasy, driven by artistic interpretation rather than a desire to present authentic representation."

This program has been recorded by Telarc International.


Performers

Performers:
This program tours with 4 performers (voices and strings) and can expand to include percussion.


Program
Hebrew Cantillations  
Shir Hashirim William Sharlin (1920-2012)
Awake North Wind Shira Kammen (b. 1961)
Canticum Canticorum Ivan Moody (b. 1964)
Worcester and St. Martial Repertory
(12th c.)
 
Sephardic, Turkish, Arabic, and Israeli folk songs and instrumentals  
I Lie David Lang (b. 1957)
and more…..  


Program duration

approximately 90' with intermission
suitable for a resonant medium-sized church or concert hall