Sparks & Wiry Cries Blog

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 2/27/2018 8:31 PM
Two years ago, I stood sweating anxiously in front of a packed audience at the Detroit Institute of Art while my half-Indian duo partner explained the intricate plot of the Bollywood film our next song came from...
By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 11/13/2017 2:05 PM
Founded in 2015, the Denver Art Song Project (DASP) presents innovative, themed art song programs. Below is an interview with co-founder Eapen Leubner about DASP and the many ways in which the project fulfills its mission of creating and sustaining an art song community in Denver, CO. 
By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 10/15/2017 9:10 AM

"How do you prepare to lose everything?" Soprano Laura Strickling speaks openly about her family's experience surviving Hurricane Irma on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and her recital in NYC on Oct. 18th to raise funds fro Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands  

Click here to donate to hurricane recovery efforts in the US Virgin Islands.

        Click here to donate to hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.


By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 7/21/2017 2:54 PM
In 2016, the Cincinnati Song Initiative began bringing relevant and moving art song programs to the greater Cincinnati area.  We asked the founder and artistic director for the Cincinnati Song Initiative (CSI), pianist Samuel Martin

 to talk a bit about the founding of CSI and the organization’s collaborative mission, as well as some of the lessons learned during CSI’s inaugural season...

By Sparks and Wiry Cries on 1/27/2017 11:20 AM

Singing as a profession is famously difficult to sustain. Any one of us who has walked a few steps on this path knows how difficult it is to find representation, to endure the endless rounds of fruitless auditions, to land enough gigs to make it possible to keep going… frustrations abound. But what about when you’ve finally gotten the gig (hurrah!), yet after all the work it took you to get there, it just feels... somehow… unsatisfying?

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