mirabai Presents its Inaugural Recording
Women’s MSU alumni choral ensemble under the direction of Sandra Snow releases Ecstatic Songs.
mirabai, a professional-level women’s ensemble under the direction of Sandra Snow, is thrilled to announce the release of its inaugural recording, Ecstatic Songs, on the Blue Griffin recording label.
Ecstatic Songs showcases a commission by ASCAP award-winning composer David Brunner and features highly acclaimed soprano, Lindsay Kesselman. The work utilizes the words of the ensemble’s namesake, Mirabai, a 16th-century mystic and poet, as she explores her devotion to Krishna. The project also contains works by 17th-century female composers, contemporary American composers Abbie Betinis, Andrea Clearfield, and Andrea Ramsey, among others, with texts that explore the rich emotional terrain of women’s lives.
Snow founded the ensemble as a means to enhance the artistic expectations of women’s choral singing by connecting powerful music of women, past and present; and performing, commissioning, and recording new and innovative musics. She says, "We are excited to bring this project to life and our music to listeners. The focus on women’s experiences and contemporary and historic music we hope will contribute to the expanding repertoire for treble singers.”
Ecstatic Songs, released March 8, 2018, International Women’s Day, strategically chosen as mirabai seeks to contribute to the long-standing need for equality among women in choral music as singers, composers, and conductors.
Listen to the audio recording from mirabai, “All I was doing was breathing”