Argento's principle clarinetist Carol McGonnell joins flutist Isabel Gleicher for a diverse evening of virtuosic solo contemporary works that explore a multitude of sonic possibilities inherent within each instrument, featuring world premieres by French composer Fabien Lévy and Isabel Gleicher. This theatrical duo recital was co-conceived by the performers (hailed by the New York Times as an “extraordinary clarinetist” and “excellent” flutist), carefully staged and coordinated with spoken excerpts of poetry to create a dramatic “recital” in the true sense of the word, including poetry from works by Warsan Shire, Adrienne Rich, and Wendy Cope.
Hailed as "an extraordinary clarinetist" by the New York Times, "elastic, exacting, stupendous” by the LA Times and "clarinet genius" by Time Out NY, Dublin-born clarinetist Carol McGonnell is known for the expressive power of her playing of standard repertoire while also enjoying acclaim for her fearless exploration of cutting-edge developments in new music. Carol is a founding member of the Argento Chamber Ensemble. She has been involved in the commissioning of over 100 new works, ranging from solo pieces to clarinet concerti. Carol has appeared in the inaugural concert of Zankel Hall
at Carnegie Hall and in Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series, has performed as soloist in both John Adam's "In Your Ear Festival" at Carnegie and in LA's "Monday Evening Concerts", curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and with numerous orchestras around the world and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, St. Paul's Chamber Orchestra, and the Zankel Band of Carnegie Hall, among others.
Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a soloist, chamber musician and educator. Enjoying an international career, Isabel has performed throughout Europe, China, Japan, Canada and the United States. The New York Times has called her “excellent” and John Zorn writes, “Isabel’s display of virtuosity and her beautiful attitude and stunning musicality inspired me.”
Isabel is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), new music sinfonietta Ensemble Echappé and the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival. She is a founding member of SoundMind ensemble and Duo Helix. Isabel performs regularly with ensembles such as Talea Ensemble, the Argento New Music Project, Contemporaneous, Friends of MATA Ensemble and Ensemble X at Cornell University. As part of
these and other groups, Isabel has had the opportunity to premiere works by Missy Mazzoli, John Zorn, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Dawe and many others. She has also performed at festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Opera Omaha’s One Festival, MATA, Resonant Bodies, Five College New Music Festival, New Haven Arts and Ideas, Lake George Summer Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Isabel has appeared on the Guggenheim Works and Process Series, Music of the Americas Society Composer Portrait Series, Park Avenue Armory Martin Creed The Back Door exhibit, the Clark Institute of Art Celebration of Helen Frankenthaler and the Lex54 Concert Series.
As a soloist, Isabel has collaborated with So Percussion on a performance of Lou Harrison’s Flute Concerto at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and will be featured in a solo recital on Miller Theatre’s Pop Up series. Isabel won first prize at the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition at the Texas Flute Festival. Previously, Isabel won second prize at both the South Carolina and Kentucky Flute Festival Young Artist Competitions.
For more information about Carol McGonnell, visit carolmcgonnell.com
To hear recordings of Isabel Gleischer, visit soundcloud.com/isabel-lepanto-gleicher
Elliott Carter (USA) – Gra (1993) for solo Bb clarinet
Andile Khumalo (South Africa) – Tracing Hollow Traces for solo Bb clarinet
Allain Gaussin (France) – La Chevelure de Bérénice for solo Bb clarinet (1990)
Fabien Levy (France) – pour Helge WORLD PREMIERE
Isabel Gleicher (USA) – O rubor sanguis WORLD PREMIERE
David Lang (USA) – thorn for solo flute
Toshio Hosokawa (Japan) – Atem-Lied for solo bass flute
Cecilia Arditto (Argentina) – Música invisible for bass flute and ventilating fan