The Damselfly Trio - Liz Pearse, soprano, Chelsea Czuchra, flutes and Lindsay Buffington, harp - is a mobile chamber ensemble dedicated to the music of living composers and poets/writers. Inspired in part by the Jubal Trio’s commissions in the 1980’s, Damselfly has set out to commission, perform and record a new body of music and text by performer/composers and poets from around the world, in any language (or not), genre and stage of their careers. Damselfly recently held a performance residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where they worked with composers Pierce Gradone and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.
In September and October 2018, Damselfly toured North Carolina and Ireland featuring their concert program “The Little Songbook Project”. The tour included the premiere of Buaine na Gaoithe, a new work by the Irish composer Ryan Molloy and poet Martin Dyar. Appearances included East Carolina University, Maynooth University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Wild Atlantic Words Festival. In addition to concerts, Damselfly presented outreach events in Craven County public schools and in other local community organizations in NC and Ireland.
"The Little Songbook Project" is a multi-year collaboration with the Damselfly Trio and a diverse collective of composers and word-makers (poets, writers, text artists). A central focus of the project is to give voice, sonically and in words, to artists of all walks of life and experience. In each Book, the performers reflect on earlier works for their unique instrumentation, and juxtapose these with new pieces written for Damselfly.
Building on wonderful works by George Crumb (Federico’s Little Songs for Children), Tania Leon (Journey), Ursula Mamlok (Der Andreasgarten) and others, Damselfly has commissioned Pierce Gradone, Lindsey Jacob and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon for new works for Book One in 2018-2019. These new compositions feature poetry or text by Nichole O. Nichols (Jacob), Juan Rulfo (Zohn-Muldoon) and Stephanie Anderson (Gradone).
Book Two commissions will include new works by Valerie Coleman, Katharina Rosenberger, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Jesse Jones.