‘Old Heart’s Wisdom’ is a collection of 15 compositions (by me) based on James Joyce’s Pomes Penyeach.The cd is for sale at webshop https://artistories.net/product/old-hearts-wisdom. Proceeds go to Facetten van de kunst foundation, to enable more art projects in the future.
‘The Flowering Branch’, 5 songs for soprano Caroline Stam and string quartet, is based on the early poems in the collection, looking back to Dublin, and at the vulnerability of youth. In ‘Old Heart’s Wisdom’, 5 songs for baritone Matthijs Mesdag, string quartet and percussion give voice to the Pomes written from 1917, under the shadow of war. Dutch translations spoken by Julia Henneman connect the songs.
The Pomes Ensemble, heard in the two song cycles: Lis Perry and Carolien Heinen, violins; Julia Barnes, viola; Mariëtte Gort, cello; Che-Sheng Wu, percussion.
4 of the Pomes are featured in ‘Joyce in Lust (Love)’, with vocalist Han Buhrs and percussionist Yung-Tuan Ku improvising around music fragments composed and played by Julia Barnes.