Myra Melford composer and artistic director, with David Szlasa - video, Oguri - dance, Sofia Rei  - spoken word and Snowy Egret: Ron Miles (cornet), Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar), Liberty Ellman (guitar) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums) and Myra Melford (piano, sampler and melodica)

Drawing inspiration from the Memory of Fire trilogy by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano, Melford incorporates music, text, movement, and video imagery to invoke reflection and provoke dialogue about our collective histories and our path forward as “Americans” in the broadest sense, recognizing our diverse cultures and landscapes as well as the tensions and harmonies that define us. Language of Dreams was commissioned by YBCA, and features Myra Melford’s extraordinary quintet Snowy Egret, with Ron Miles(cornet), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar), Tyshawn Sorey (drums), as well as dancer/choreographer Oguri, video artist David Szlasa, and vocalist Sofia Rei, reciting Galeano’s texts in English and Spanish.  

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