Rimon’s Artist Salon series presented I Once Was a Boy: On the Edge with poet Anna Margolin, this free Zoom event took place on May 13, 7 pm. The salon featured the world premiere of newly commissioned songs by acclaimed composer/performer Anat Spiegel, inspired by the extraordinary poems of the late Yiddish writer, Anna Margolin. Vocalist Sarah Larsson joined Anat in conversation about the power of Yiddish and poetry and their passage into music. The commission is the first in a series funded by the BrinIngber Salon Commission program.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Anat Spiegel is a composer and vocalist specializing in cross-platform performance. Her work stems from a vocal perspective and focuses on the endless expressions of the human voice. In the juxtaposition of jazz, theater, and contemporary classical music, Spiegel’s compositions consider the cultural gravity of songs and the connection between written language and its sounding expression. Spiegel is a member of the composer’s collective Monotak and the spoken word duo Noon and Ain. Her recent works include the opera Medulla (La Monnaie), the electronic opera Before Present (National Dutch Opera and ADE), the online opera The Transmigration of Morton F (Holland Festival), and the chamber quartet My Four Mothers (Cedar Commissions).
Sarah Larsson hosts the podcast Folk Will Save Us, a project highlighting the radical ways artists use cultural traditions to transform society. She also performs as a vocalist with The Nightingale Trio and has studied music from women’s traditions with master artists in Europe and the US, including Bojana Djordjevic, Sanja Rankovic, Vahidin Omanovic, Susan Gaeta, Ethel Raim, Lisa Gutkin, and Eva Salina. Sarah leads singing circles and workshops on Eastern European singing traditions, including presentations at Stanford University, University of Virginia, Folklore Village (WI), and in the community in the Twin Cities. Sarah is actively studying Yiddish and sings music from her roots as a way to deepen the conversation about heritage, migration, and identity.