"Hecuba" Toledo Museum of Art, OH
September 23, 2017
2445 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43620
"Hecuba is both a live concert and an art-rock concept album, telling the blood-soaked tale of love, loss, murder, revenge and the Trojan War. Oracle Hysterical previewed Hecuba with the Chicago Composers Orchestra in 2014. “The project folds classic text into a modern sound world; we call it ‘psychedelic electro-acoustic,’” said Doug Balliett, founding member of Oracle Hysterical. “The opportunity to perform this album in conjunction with The Berlin Painter and in a theater inspired by a Greek agora really spoke to us.”
The album releases in May 2018.
recording session at oktaven
Oracle Hysterical & A Far cry**
October 6, 2017
We're recording and filming Oracle Hysterical's New Music USA project from 2016!
October 12, 2017
Oracle Hysterical competes at the annual Concert Artist Guild Competition.
deluxe passionate pilgrim
June 3, 2017
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St, Brooklyn, NY
Early music group New Vintage Baroque joins literary-minded Oracle Hysterical to celebrate the release of Passionate Pilgrim Deluxe album (VIA Records), headlined by the debut of five original songs by composer Majel Connery (deemed “thoroughly Schubertian” by Allan Kozinn, Wall Street Journal). NVB and OH will also perform freshly-minted re-orchestrations by Timo Andres of Benjamin Britten’s Folksong Arrangements for baroque band (featuring tenor Owen McIntosh) and Elliot Cole’s striking living-room opera, Babinagar, based on a folktale from Afghanistan.
Aeolus - by Ken Ueno
APRIL 7, 2017
AEOLUS is a new opera combining throat singing, multiphonics, indie-rock and electronics making its premiere at National Sawdust. It is written and performed by Ken Ueno (Rome and Berlin Prizes winner) in collaboration with FLUX Quartet (“legendary for its furiously committed, untiring performances,” Alex Ross), and the “haunting, Björk-like vocals” (SF Classical Voice) of Majel Connery. AEOLUS is inspired by the mythological keeper of the winds, Aeolus, from the Odyssey. In the classic tale, wind shapes human destiny. In the opera, wind, reinterpreted as breath, is a compositional tool. AEOLUS charts Ueno’s personal odyssey, linking impressionistic scenes from memories, found objects and literary fragments from the composer’s past. Musically, the opera juxtaposes “arias” by Ueno and Connery; virtuosic, voiceless passages by FLUX; and meditative textual interludes.
Mellon Visiting Artist Residency
with Ken Ueno and Thomas Tsang
April 6, 2017
April 2-7 Ueno, Connery and Tsang are at Wellesley College under the auspices of a Mellon Visiting Artist residency at the Newhouse Center to present a musical preview of Ueno's new opera, Aeolus, on campus. The residency concludes with a performance at Jewett Auditorium featuring the FLUX Quartet.
Janurary 21, 2017
Oracle Hysterical's, "Passionate Pilgrim," drops on the National Sawdust label, Vision Into Art, on Feb 10, 2017. Join us for a concert and release party at National Sawdust, January 21. “The Passionate Pilgrim” is a song cycle co-written by composer-performer collective Oracle Hysterical (Elliot Cole, Majel Connery and Doug and Brad Balliett). In this collaboration with baroque period ensemble, New Vintage Baroque, “The Passionate Pilgrim” brings an all-but-forgotten poem cycle back to life. Once believed to have been penned by a “W. Shakespeare,” the collection was stripped of its stature when the Shakespearean parentage of all but four poems was revealed as a fake. Here, finally, this orphaned cycle enjoys new pride of place, reimagined as tuneful Baroque pop. The album’s instrumentation includes a mix of Baroque and modern instruments pitched at 415 and 440 hz, respectively. Preorder the album on iTunes!
The Sea: Tales of Lapham
with a far cry
Gardner Museum, Boston
Oracle Hysterical premieres its latest commission, "Tales of Lapham," with chamber orchestra, A Far Cry. "Tales of Lapham" is a musical adaptation of texts from "The Sea" issue of Lapham's Quarterly.