Mrs. President … The Opera … Comes to New York

The first woman (among several) to run for president was Victoria Woodhull, whose campaign back in 1872, before women were even allowed to vote, was greeted with nastiness from detractors and the press that rivals … well, politics today actually. Composer Victoria Bond and librettist Hilary Bell have crafted a two-act opera that depicts Woodhull’s historic run. It was acclaimed in its debut, by Anchorage Opera in 2012. Now New Yorkers have a chance to hear it. This Friday, October 28th at National Opera Center, Bond conducts a cast led by dramatic soprano Valerie Bernhardt, who will reprise the title role, and tenor Scott Ramsay, who plays her nemesis, Henry Ward Beecher.

Mrs. President
Music by Victoria Bond
Libretto by Hilary Bell
Friday, October 28 at 8:00 PM
National Opera Center
330 7th Ave. New York City
Tickets: $20 at the door

A Winged Victory for the Sullen – “The Few of Us Left”

This haunting video, accompanied by A Winged Victory for the Sullen playing Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie’s piece “The Few Of Us Left,” is of the great salt flats of Bolivia. A new film Salero, out December 1st, details the imperiled lives of those who mine the salt flats. Not only is their way of life precarious, but those who work the flats are being encroached upon by the Bolivian government, who wants to tear the flats up to get at the lithium discovered beneath them.

Wiltzie/Winged Victory’s score for Salero is out on November 11th via Erased Tapes. 

“Building a Bridge” by Pegasus Warning

Perhaps best known currently as the drummer for the James Corden show, Guillermo E. Brown is a fine songwriter, singer, and drummer. I first learned of his work in the latter context: as a free jazz player, he contributed to recordings on the Thirsty Ear’s Blue Series. Recording under the moniker Pegasus WarningBrown has just released his second EP PwEP2. Inflected with both R&B and electronica, The lead single, “Building a Bridge,” has been making the rounds in the blogosphere: hear it below via Soundcloud.