New Music Gathering – The Syrinx Project
Zoe Sorrell performs The Syrinx Project at the 2020 New Music Gathering.
The Syrinx Project is a series of commissions for solo flute that tell stories of mythological women through contemporary lenses, ultimately telling the stories of the everywoman.
In this performance, Sorrell embodies her characters through elaborate movement and original text, with “the flute translating much of the rage, disdain, hopefulness, yearning, and more that stir riotously within Sorrell and countless other women” (Pittsburgh in the Round). The performance begins with Claude Debussy’s iconic flute solo Syrinx and then seamlessly transitions through three commissioned works by Theo Chandler, John Burnett, and Sato Matsui. Each work respectively celebrates and simultaneously mourns Syrinx, Caenis, Pandora, and Athena.
The performance will take place on Thursday, 18 June 2020, from 11 AM – 12 PM at Portland State University in Portland, OR.