Misha Penton: Soprano, Voices, Lyrics, Producer
with original contributions by:
Sherry Cheng, Neil Ellis Orts, Michael Walsh: Voices
George Heathco: Guitars
Luke Hubley: Percussion
Threshold began as a site-specific new music performance work for the enormous, labyrinthine and magnificent Silos at Sawyer Yards in April 2017. The performance was a mythopoetic underworld journey— an offering which speaks to the chaotic upheaval we are all feeling in our world: what kind of world will we choose to create together?
Loosely inspired by, and an abstract interpretation of, the Homeric Hymn to Demeter (c. seventh century BCE) which tells a mother-daughter passion play of abduction, loss, and renewal. Ceremonial rites enacting the myth were held at Eleusis in Greece for a thousand years before the rise of Christianity, and artists, then and now, freely interpret the story. We have very few details about the original events, but they were thought to be transformational for participants, honoring the cycle of life and offering a philosophy based in meaning and hope.
Misha Penton is a singer, composer, and filmmaker. Her music is a blend of futuristic art song, sound poetry, and chamber
electronica—you will hear the rise and fall of her many layered voices, and the swirling guitars and electronic sound worlds created her Misha and her collaborators....more