Whether it's our organic produce, pristine wildernesses, or our local crafts, in Maine we take great pride in what we make and grow locally. That should include our local composers, performers, and poets, too!
Songs From Here is a project put together by Maine-based musicians (soprano Sarah Tuttle, pianist Bridget Convey, and composer Erica Ball), intended to cultivate and celebrate locally-written and performed poetry and song.
Our initial project is series of performances, set to begin in July 2022, with a program that highlights the poetry of New England. The centerpiece of our musical program will be a world premiere of a new song cycle from Erica Ball featuring exclusively poets from Maine. Our performances will also feature readings from locally based poets, creating a seamless and intuitive program of poetry and song that highlights local creativity.
It is our hope that this project will grow to connect poets, composers, and performers from across Maine, cultivate a culture of song in our state, and provide a network for fostering collaborations, strengthening artistic community, and a means for promoting the work of local talent.
Translating everyday life into music is at the heart of Erica Ball’s whimsical and playful works. Inspired by the natural world, a childhood spent dreaming of becoming a ballerina, and studies of 20th-century American avant-garde music, Erica is equally at home writing lyrical melodies that sweep across an orchestra and collaborating with animators and circus dancers. Erica resides in Portland, Maine where she is active as a violinist, pianist, and educator with a special interest in bringing contemporary music to new audiences.
A musician who enjoys performing music of our time, pianist Bridget Convey has found much fulfillment in collaborating with living composers. She has been fortunate to work with composers such as Morton Subotnick, Mel Powell, James Tenney, Daniel Sonenberg, Vineet Shende, Elliott Schwartz, John Newell, and many others. As a soloist and ensemble musician, Bridget has been heard at venues such as Lincoln Center (NYC); Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles, CA); Ojai Music Festival (CA); Maybeck Performing Arts Studio (Berkeley, CA); Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Columbus, OH); among many others. She received her Diploma from Mannes College of Music, NYC (Pre-college Division) 1989; BFA from State University of New York at Purchase 1993; and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts 1997. Bridget performs regularly with the VentiCordi Chamber Ensemble; Maine Music Society; and is co-founder/director of the Resinosa Ensemble, with Joëlle Morris (mezzo-soprano) and Eliza Meyer (cello). She can be heard on Navona, Cuneiform, Independent and Nataraja labels. Bridget serves as adjunct piano faculty at Bates College, Bay Chamber Music School and has a private piano studio in Central Maine.