Performances at the 2021 Darkwater Women in Music Festival

First of all, let me tell you have wonderful the Darkwater Womxn in Music Festival is. Hosted by UNC-Pembroke and led by the inimitable Sarah Busman, it is the most welcoming, most encouraging, most positive, most affirming conference I have ever attended. The 2020 conferences was the last conference I went to before Covid-19 shut everything down, and I have such good memories of it. I met all kinds of excellent and interesting performers and composers and scholars–all of them really, truly invested in making the entire world of music a better place for women. I heard fantastic papers. I heard gorgeous premieres. I got to have lunch with really cool people who did diverse things in music. I’m currently working on a collaboration with a composer I met at the festival, Jessi Harvey. I really cannot praise it enough, so if  you get an opportunity to participate in it, do it.

This year’s conference will include a video recital for virtual presentation by the fantastic Lisa Neher, someone I am so lucky to have as a collaborator and friend. She’ll be performing works by herself and me as well as other fabulous composers. You are not going to want to miss a moment of this! Here’s Lisa’s line-up:

Title Length Composer
Sick Cycle 2:00 Monica Chew
Alone 5:30 Catalina von Wrangell
Something About Isolation 1:40 Kimberly R. Osberg
Now Available 7:00 Lisa Neher
Stillness 1:40 Drew Swatosh
dark water, air stirs 5:00 Nicole Murphy
Strawberry Man 2:00 Lisa Neher

I’ll have more details as the schedule develops. In the meanwhile, a big thank you to the Darkwater Womxn in Music Festival!

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