This new album reunites soprano Gillian Hollis and composer-pianist Trumbore for their first recording since Snow White Turns Sixty. Trumbore and clarinetist Margaret Worsley accompany Hollis on six art songs with poetry by Robin Myers, a 2023 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellow featured in the 2022 Best American Poetry anthology.
The six songs share a preoccupation with naming and describing, cataloging ordinary moments as they pass and describing dreams in forgotten languages. Heard together, these works transmute ordinary life into something almost sacred.
She Only Remembers, Dale Trumbore's half-hour ballet for solo piano, reflects Trumbore's experiences watching her grandmother's end-of-life struggle with dementia. Based on research into how the very act of recalling a memory can alter or even overwrite that memory, this new work delves into the haunting implications of memory loss and forgetting.
The studio recording of She Only Remembers is available for purchase and streaming on all major digital music platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. This piece was premiered by Central West Ballet of Modesto, CA, choreographed by Artistic Director René Daveluy.
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Choral Arts Initiative's debut album How to Go On: The Choral Works of Dale Trumbore, features Trumbore's secular requiem of the same name alongside Lodestar, In the Middle, and After the Storm Passes. A rave review from Textura called the album "remarkable," noting that "the pristine clarity of the group's singing is a constant source of joy."
Snow White Turns Sixty is Dale Trumbore's first album with soprano Gillian Hollis. The songs of the eponymous song cycle retell traditional fairy tales in provocative, gory, humorous, dark, violent, joyful, and ultimately liberating ways, as each character discovers a new and previously untold facet of her particular story. This album also features Trumbore's Sara Teasdale Songs and This Thirst in the Lungs, with poetry by Robin Myers. The album was hailed as "a welcome addition to the soprano recital repertoire" (The Star Ledger).