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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Inspired by the exquisite Chansonnier Cordiforme (“Heart-shaped Songbook”), Eya sifts through a fantastic array of music and poetry that speaks of longing, of sensuality, of connection with the Beloved. Heartform softens the line between sacred and secular, exploring the profound theme of Sacred Desire whilst asking the question: is every kind of love sacred?

In this inventive and exciting collaborative project, Eya layers the delicately-crafted works of the Chansonnier Cordiforme, featuring French and Italian songs of the early Renaissance, folded within the lines of Rumi, John Donne, Hildegard von Bingen, Richard Rolle, the Song of Songs, Shakespeare, Peter Gabriel, and many more. Featuring a special commission by Baltimore-based composer Douglas Buchanan and music of Hildegard von Bingen, Francis Poulenc, Richard Einhorn, and Gregorian chant, as well as spoken text and poetry.

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