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Cantata Profana: In A Distant Land

November 5

Joe's Pub


Doors at 9PM
Show at 9:30PM

Now in its fifth season, and "making a name for itself with intrepid and unexpected concerts (New Yorker)," Cantata Profana brings every century of music together into unique productions devoted to new music, old music, vocal music, “to most anything, so long as the mixture is put together thoughtfully and put across persuasively (NY Times).” 

In a Distant Land features vocalist John Taylor Ward, pianist Lee Dionne, percussionist Doug Perry, and guest guitarist Dan Lippel in a one-night-only fantasia of songs, poems, and instrumentals that speak to each other from across centuries and continents. Cantata Profana brings its inimitable programming style to their Joe's PUB debut with a show that spans Romantic Lieder, classic Ranchero songs of Mexico, Baroque English songs, contemporary Chinese solo works, the world premier of Daniel Schlosberg's arrangements of Charles Ives songs from New England, and American composer George Crumb's new song cycle Ghosts of Alhambra.

"A taste for the dramatic," - The New York Times

"Cantata Profana, an audacious ensemble, is heard in New York doing just about every kind of classical music you might imagine." - The New Yorker

"A precise unit powered by a striking heartbeat of artistry and conviction that transcended the mere mechanism of strong playing and effortlessly took hold of the attention of the listener" - icareifyoulisten.com