Art Song: I continue to perform solo and chamber music from Hildegard and Bach to Stravinsky and Villa-Lobos. Create your own sound collage by clicking around the “Stravinsky Cube” video wall of me singing the soprano solo in Igor Stravinsky’s “Les Noces” with mostly Chagall images. With Eugene Ballet & Concert Choir. Experience something of what it is like to perform this incredible piece! I was honored to perform a program of works by Hildegard and Wishart at the London Proms Festival with Sinfonye.
Concord Ensemble: I am part of the 8-voice Concord Ensemble which sings an extraordinary range of art music from medieval to 20th century. With them I’ve sung the role of "Sorceress" in Henry Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas", programs of Thomas Tallis, John Dowland, Giacomo Carissimi, and the groundbreaking "Stimmung" by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Solo Shows & Collaborations: My solo shows weave personal stories with vintage songs and the improvisations and compositions they inspire. Featuring physical theater, percussive movement, and the voice-as-instrument. Ongoing collaborations include The Lomax Project with Jayme Stone and friends.
Composing For Voices: I continue to discover my place (my usefulness) as a Singer-Composer. I write music for multiple voices, the voice as an instrument, the singer as a percussive mover and improvisor. I enjoy being commissioned to write for large ensembles as happily as for vocal duos. I frequently, but not always, start with the unusual traditional folk structures that I study and perform. Find my sheet-music here.
Béla Bartók's "Mikrokosmos": I grew up playing the piano music of Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók. I loved his brave use of crooked rhythms and unusual harmony and dissonance. His music expressed a unique, individual voice while honoring the communal music around him. His music encapsulated my childhood of classical piano, New England utilitarianism and old modal folksongs. Since 2006, I've been putting together arrangements of Bartók's "Mikrokosmos" piano miniatures and Violin Duos. With VOCO's voices, cello and accordion as my main template, I create a new lens on these pieces that were themselves re-imaginings of old dance-songs. This is one of the programs that moira smiley & VOCO tours with, and offers residency activities around.
Shaped - Notes: Another road back to the earliest influences of my childhood. The stark, unsentimental, raucous and fun singing of early American shape-note hymns was my first singing love. There continues to be a huge revival of this old 18th and 19th century repertoire, and along with it, writing of new pieces in this style. I started writing shape-note style hymns when I was 14, and return to the style with ever more appreciation. Check out fasola.org. My brother keeps the flame bright here.
Anglo-Celtic Song: Amidst all the harmony singing I create, lead and love, I continue to be fascinated by the solo songs that journeyed between Ireland, England and Scotland and North America. Working with projects like Brian O’Donovan’s “Celtic Sojourn” concerts and Maire Clerkin’s Gaelic Gathering.
Balkan Song: I continue to be a student of the extraordinary variety of song from this cultural crossroads. As an example, I am proud to have been part of KITKA’s brave, beautiful “Rusalka”. Watch a short clip of it here.