Conceived by writer and performing artist Daniel Neer, this staged recital for voice and harp investigates the mythological figures of Narcissus, Echo, and Nemesis with insightful and nuanced contemporary interpretations of these fabled archetypes. Through original art song, narration, unorthodox staging and audio-visual multimedia, Narkissos explores the multi-layered facets of narcissism with specific focus on self-entitlement, fear, and the individuals struggle for identity and success in today’s culture.
Joined by harpist Alyssa Reit, and with direction and multimedia composition by Ted Gorodetzky, Narkissos modernizes the traditionally classical structure of the Art Song Recital, and features eleven songs for male voice and harp, including world premieres by composers Chandler Carter, Martha Sullivan, Jonathan David, Alyssa Reit, Lauren Bernofsky, and Scott Gendel, with additional music by Robinson McClellan, Eleonor Sandresky, Susan Botti, Jason Robert Taylor and Benjamin Britten.
Narkissos will be presented by The Tank Space for Performance and Visual Arts on April 27 and 29 at 9:30pm, and at the Queens New Music Festival (sponsored by Random Access Music) at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City on May 11 at 7:30pm. Tickets for all performances can be found at brownpapertickets.com.