About the Grant

$30,000 to support the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) in presenting the World Premiere of SPIRAL XII: Space Between Heaven and Earth (MAP 2008), a new work it has commissioned by Cambodian American composer Chinary Ung working in collaboration with Master of Cambodian traditional music and dance Sophiline Cheam Shapiro and the LAMC under the direction of Grant Gershon. This new work for two sopranos, chorus, chamber ensemble and dancers receives its world premiere on November 9, 2008, and marks the third and final commission in LAMC’s series, LA is the World, a multi-year program that pairs American composers with L.A.-based immigrant Master Musicians to create new, dynamic choral works based in non-western traditions.

About the Project

Drawing inspiration from an ancient traditional Cambodian Royal court melody Sathukar, which dates back a thousand years to the Angkor period of Cambodian history, Chinary Ung has envisioned an intriguing new interdisciplinary work approximately 45 minutes in length comprising instrumental music performed by traditional Cambodian and western instrumentalists, choral music and dance. Although each element will have fairly equal weight, at times one of the elements will be prominent or featured. About two-thirds into the piece is a tutti section that forms a confluence of both visual and aural experiences.

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