"Transformed by Fire" A Musical/Poetic Collaboration with Andrea Clearfield and Ariana Kramer
In 2017, Ariana Kramer and composer Andrea Clearfield were awarded an Aldo & Estella Leopold Writers Residency through the Leopold Writing Program. The residency was held at Mi Casita in Tres Piedras, NM. As their collaborative project, Ariana wrote a poetic text which Andrea set to music for baritone, piano and choral accents. "Transformed by Fire" explores Aldo Leopold's changing perception of wolves and the necessary role they play in our ecosystems.
"Transformed by Fire" was presented at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico in August 2017 with baritone Mark Jackson, pianist Andrea Clearfield and members of the Taos Community Chorus. An encore performance was offered in September 2017 in response to audience request. "Transformed by Fire" was presented by Society of the Muse of the Southwest (SOMOS) in April 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos as part of National Poetry Month events.
Ariana and Andrea are currently seeking funding to expand their collaborative piece into a ten-movement evening-length work for baritone, chorus and chamber ensemble or chamber orchestra.
Listen here to composer Andrea Clearfield discuss the musical motifs of "Transformed by Fire." Thank you to Cultural Energy for this live recording of Andrea's comments on September 6, 2017.
Photo by Sanny Leviste
As part of her slideshow which gives background on the research process that informed "Transformed by Fire," Ariana Kramer shows a photograph of Aldo Leopold (courtesy The Aldo Leopold Archives) and reads from his essay on Draba verna which inspired "Spark."