Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano & Kirill Kuzmin, piano, at Merkin Hall
Thursday May 25, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$35
Part of the Give Voice series
how do i find you
“I am so excited to return to Merkin Hall, where so many special musical memories live for me. The space has a way of fostering intimate and inspiring experiences, on both sides of the stage.”
– Sasha Cooke
Nominated for a 2023 GRAMMY Award, “how do I find you” is a collection of words and music created in 2020, portraying the gamut of human experiences during the ongoing pandemic. Acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke commissioned gifted composers in their 40s and younger, offering them carte blanche to create what most spoke to them during this time. The result is an album that pulses with immediacy and authenticity.
Some of these pieces are earnest, wrestling with societal challenges from racial injustice and school shootings to California wildfires. Others are abstract or wryly humorous, told through the lens of harried parents working from home, or tackling that most urgent (tongue-firmly-in-cheek) quarantine quandary: whether to order a Peloton bike.
This approach is an experiment in liberation, inspired by a time in which so many of us have looked into the mirror, or at our loved ones on a computer screen, and wondered: Is this real life? Who are you now? How do I find you?