Corey Dargel will debut his new song cycle, Hold Yourself Together in its full album version on January 7, 2013, 7:30pm at (Le) Poisson Rouge. The concert, titled Unraveling, will also include a performance of Jacob Cooper’s song cycle, Silver Threads.
With art song cycles by composers Corey Dargel and Jacob Cooper, Unraveling skillfully, subtly intertwines classical intricacy, cabaret intimacy and pop immediacy.
Backed by a classically trained rock ensemble (featuring James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim and Wil Smith) Dargel premieres the full version of Hold Yourself Together, his “strongly fashioned…lyrically direct [and] instantly relatable” (The New York Times) set of songs about composure and technology.
In Cooper’s cycle Silver Threads, the “riveting” soprano Mellissa Hughes (The New Yorker) sings with microtonal precision over a flickering, quasi-transcendental electronic track, with lighting design by Eric Southern, supertitles/projections by Laura Grey, and poetry by Kristin Kelly, Dora Malech and Zach Savich.
The meditative quality of Silver Threads provides the perfect complement to Dargel’s up-tempo trickster-cynicism.