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L’Histoire du Soleil (The Sun’s Tale) — American Premiere

21 April 2018
7:30 PM

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Music: Sunny Knable.

Story: Valentine Biollay.

Duration: ca 40 minutes.

For narrator and 7 players with conductor.

Instrumentation: (performers TBA) Clarinet in B-flat, Bassoon, Trumpet/Oboe Trombone/Horn, Harp, Violin, Bass

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Synopsis

A boy in a mountain town somewhere in Europe wakes up one day to discover that the sun has disappeared. He goes on a quest to understand why and in the process discovers that the factory outside of town has been bottling up the fresh mountain air, which had made the sun very angry. With the aid and hindrance of certain town characters, the boy figures out how to save his mountain town and see the sun rise again.

About the Piece

L’histoire de Soleil (The Sun’s Tale) began as a project at the annual Talis Festival in Saas Fee, Switzerland where Knable and Billy were invited in 2014. The instrumentation, form and title are loosely inspired by Stravinsky’s famous L’histoire du Soldat (Soldier’s Tale), which was written in Clarens, Switzerland almost 100 years ago. The story that Billy wrote is a complete original, and the music which Knable composed is based on the actual sounds and sights of Saas Fee.

Performance History

Scene 1 was written and workshopped at the Talis Festival in 2014. Act I was performed at the Talis Festival in 2015. The entire piece was premiered (in German) in 2016 as part of a family-friendly outreach performance. The Musica Reginae performance will mark the American premiere and will be performed (of course) in English.

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Image: Mark Tucker

Valentine Biollay

(vocalist) is a unique performer whose repertoire includes such varied genres as straight-ahead jazz, French cabaret, klezmer, spirituals and classical music. Her international career has brought her acclaim in France, Switzerland, Canada, and especially in her current city of residence, New York City.

Valentine performs with a variety of top-shelf musicians who comprise the French-jazz group, Gavroche Jazz Band. She was the resident performer of Fête Paradiso, the Parisian festival of vintage carnival rides and carousels on Governors Island. She can be heard regularly, performing in restaurants and venues around the New York City area.

Find more about Valentine at http://www.valentinebiollay.com/

Image: Misha Koffman

Sunny Knable

(composer) is a multifaceted composer from California who currently resides in New York City. He has won numerous awards including three “Best Composition” Awards from the Festival of New American Music, and the Iron Composers Award, for which he wrote a four-minute piece in five hours. He holds degrees from CSU Sacramento—where he received his Bachelor of Music in Composition, Piano Performance and Jazz Studies—and Queens College (CUNY), where he completed a Masters of Arts in Composition and a Doctor of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University (SUNY).

Most recently, the Brothers Knable’s opera for young audience, “The Magic Fish”, has been performed multiple times around the country. Other professional credits include his debut album “American Variations” on Centaur Records and his multiple bassoon works published by TrevCo-Varner Music. Dr. Knable serves as Music Director of The Church-in-the-Gardens in Forest Hills, NY, while fulfilling commissions from around the country.

Find more about Sunny at https://www.sunnyknablecomposer.com/