Pleased to be spending the spring as a part of the orchestra premiering the site-specific opera Sweet Land in downtown Los Angeles (February 29-March 23), in support of a Pulitzer-winning female composer and First Nations composer whose family home is less than a mile south of the house I grew up in, back in Corrales, New Mexico. I don’t properly have words for how powerful it is to be able to participate in the creation of a new work that is deeply relevant to the origins of the community I come from.

This is my first time as part of a production on the West Coast, and continues in my career-long tradition of bringing a Telecaster into unusual locales both musically and in terms of staging.

About the project:

“Starting as a procession through the LA State Historic Park, Sweet Land becomes an opera that erases itself.

The Industry, the company that created Invisible Cities and Hopscotch, now brings you a grotesque historical pageant that disrupts the dominant narrative of American identity.”

Music by Raven Chacon & Du Yun
Text by Aja Couchois Duncan & Douglas Kearney
Directed by Cannupa Hanska Luger & Yuval Sharon

Tickets available here.


NY Times preview // NY Times review
LA Times preview // LA Times feature // LA Times review
LA Weekly review
Cultural Attache review
SCPR public radio feature
Wall Street Journal review
Opera Wire review

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