FAMILY SECRETS: KITH AND KIN
Daniel Thomas Davis
Daniel Thomas Davis creates music singled out for its “soul-wrenching” connection to the human voice and its “rich harmonic and textural language” (Classical Voice North America). His recent works for the stage include Six.Twenty.Outrageous, a Symphony Space / American Opera Projects production directed by Doug Fitch, Family Secrets: Kith & Kin with North Carolina Opera, and The Impossible She with Rhymes with Opera at the New York Opera Fest, which Parterre hailed as a “towering musical achievement, a hugely complex work packing a whopping political and intellectual punch.”
At venues including the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Museum and Carnegie Hall, Dan’s music has been performed by Lynn Harrell, the Detroit Symphony, Momenta Quartet, London Sinfonietta, ModernMedieval, Yarn|Wire, Lontano, Lexington Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, Ossian Ensemble, Ensemble X, 21st-Century Consort, Locrian Players, and members of Roomful of Teeth and Anonymous 4, among many others. A frequent collaborator with writers, filmmakers, and choreographers, he scored the feature films An Encounter with Simone Weil and Pushed Up the Mountain, as well as Breath Catalogue, an evening-length dance work with Megan Nicely/Dance+Kate Elswit. His work has earned him fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the British Government (Marshall Scholar).
Raised in rural North Carolina, Dan has long created work informed by American popular and traditional musics — especially congregational singing and old-time country, an influence made clear in this album. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Royal Academy of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and Johns Hopkins University, he currently directs the composition program at Binghamton University (SUNY) and divides his time between upstate New York and Brooklyn.
Andrea Edith Moore
Soprano Andrea Edith Moore brings to her performances an “opalescence that is particularly served by her impressive phrasing and inherent musicality” (operagasm.com), and “wows audiences with her powerful and flexible soprano voice, her acting ability, and her dedication and drive” (CVNC). Andrea has enjoyed a wide range of collaborations with artists and ensembles including Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Zinman, Eighth Blackbird, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company, the Hamburger Kammeroper, My Brightest Diamond and the Red Clay Ramblers.
Equally at home in the music of our time and of the distant past, she has starred in roles ranging from The Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Micaëla in Carmen, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and Sara in Higdon’s Cold Mountain. An accomplished concert soloist, she has garnered particular acclaim for her interpretations of the Bach Cantatas and German Lieder, at venues including the Teatro Colon, Baltimore Lieder Weekend, Duke Chapel, and Richard Tucker Foundation.
Andrea’s commitment to voices from her native North Carolina has led her to commission, premiere, and perform composers including Kenneth Frazelle, Daniel Thomas Davis, Sue Klausmeyer, Robert Ward, and numerous others. She produced, premiered, and developed Family Secrets: Kith and Kin with North Carolina Opera, and is especially proud to feature this new work as her debut recording.
Andrea is a prizewinner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, was a fellow with four-time Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird at the Blackbird Creative Lab and has twice received the Yale School of Music Alumni Award. She holds degrees from Yale University, Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University and UNC School of the Arts.
The characterful instrumentation of Family Secrets brought together an eclectic group of collaborators to highlight the operatic fervor, sultry accents, and unmistakable twang of this genre-bending score. The unique ensemble features pianist Lisa Kaplan and cellist Nick Photinos of the pioneering, 4 time Grammy winning new-music ensemble Eighth Blackbird; NC banjo virtuoso Hank Smith of Hank, Pattie & The Current; Mallarmé Chamber Players’ standout oboist Bo Newsome and violinist Elizabeth Phelps; and North Carolina actress and tour-de-force storyteller Jane Holding. The intrepid and acclaimed conductor Timothy Myers unites this all-star group into a seamless and balanced whole.
On the other side of the studio, five-time Grammy-winning producer and Blackbird Creative Lab director Elaine Martone offered inspiration and guidance in every phase of the recording process — the remarkable result of a fortuitous meeting between Andrea and Elaine in 2018.