Contemplations of the Transcendent and the Erotic

Heather Pawsey, soprano
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano
Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, choreographer

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 @ Doors open at 6:30 pm, Music starts around 8:00 pm
Where: Cellar Restaurant & Jazz Club (3611 West Broadway, Vancouver BC)
Cost: Tickets: $20 (minimum $10 food & beverage charge in effect)

Sensual, mystical, powerful: the three song cycles that soprano Heather Pawsey and pianist Rachel Iwaasa bring to the Cellar are not-to-be-missed for all music, poetry and dance lovers.  Come hear John Harbison‘s Mirabai Songs and Leslie Uyeda‘s The First Woman.  Then experience George Crumb‘s mesmerizing Apparition with new choreography by Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg and you’ll discover why Heather and Rachel are two of Vancouver’s most adventurous — and sought-after — musicians.  A co-production with Astrolabe Musik Theatre.

APPARITIONS :  an exploration of the mystical, the sensual, and the transcendent through the prisms of religion and death – attempting, with passion and conviction, to express the inexpressible.

John Harbison‘s Mirabai Songs and Leslie Uyeda‘s The First Woman are contemporary works speaking through ancient voices.  Mirabai, a 16th century Indian princess, defied tradition by refusing to throw herself on her husband’s funeral pyre, choosing, instead, to leave the palace and dedicate her life to the god Krishna by writing poetry, singing, and dancing in the streets.  Harbison’s songs are ecstatic, jubilant, devout and erotic in their description of Mira’s relationship with her god as that of wife and husband. Conversely, Uyeda’s The First Woman depicts Eve (Biblically the first woman), Lilith (apocryphally the first woman) and Dinah, Jacob’s Daughter, and their relationship to God and men with turbulence and defiance, mingling betrayal and loss with sensuality and tenderness.

Written in 1979, George Crumb‘s Apparition (text by Walt Whitman) is an evocative exploration of  the transformative nature of death.  A complex, major work employing unconventional notation, extended piano technique, and formidable challenges for the singer, Astrolabe Musik Theatre’s presentation offers a radical break from traditional classical art song style with the introduction of choreography / staging.

Come and reconsider sex, religion and death through an evening of sensual, harsh, primitive, and ethereal writing, amplified by the intimate and personal movement of the body, which frequently knows instinctively what to do when words fail.

a month of tuesdays
A Month of Tuesdays brings evenings of great music to one of the city’s most intimate venues, the Cellar Restaurant & Jazz Club.

What makes a Music on Main event at the Cellar so much fun? Top flight musicians, great music and a casual yet engaging atmosphere. Audience members order dinner and drinks before the concert or at intermission, then when the bar service stops for the performance, everyone listens with a renewed intensity. Full bar service and à la carte menu available before and after the concert and during intermission. (There will be no service during the performances).


Cellar Restaurant & Jazz Club

3611 West Broadway (Google Maps)

Doors open at 6:30 pm
Come for a drink, or a meal!  All ages welcome.
Music starts around 8:00 pm

Order your tickets in advance and receive complimentary reserved seating!

Call Tickets Tonight at 604.684.2787 or purchase online at

Note: There is no food or beverage service during the performances; please order meals by 7:40 PM. The Cellar is licensed as a restaurant and is therefore open to all ages. A minimum $10 food/beverage order is in effect.


March 8, 2011
8:00 pm

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