LILITH is a brand-new experimental modern song cycle, comprised of seven individual pieces. The title is in reference to the apocryphal figure of Lilith (in some stories, the Biblical Adam’s first wife who was created from the clay before Adam and refused to accept his dominion over her, voluntarily leaving the Garden of Eden rather than subjecting herself to the rule of an equal; ever since she’s been depicted as a leathery-winged, bloodstained nightmare demon, who murders children and despoils maidens, because of course*). The work is inspired by a huge range of musical styles and modes of expression, from ancient Sumerian songforms to sacred text and music of all kinds to American plainsong to Björk, fusing to create something that is at once mysterious, moving, and immediately accessible.
The initial development of the work was facilitated in large part through the Red Eye Theater Works in Progress program, which allowed us time, space, and resources to generate two of the seven pieces and present them as a finished short work in May of 2017. We continue to work on completing the cycle, and anticipate a preview of the entire score in September 2017, in advance of a full production in late winter of 2018. If you would like to explore supporting this project institutionally or individually, or if you know of companies or venues that may be interested in the production, please don’t hesitate to let us know.