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Damselfly Trio

Photo : Maurice Gunning, Irish World Academy, 2018

Photo : Maurice Gunning, Irish World Academy, 2018

Damselfly Trio



The Little Songbook Project is a collaboration between the Cochlea Duo (Chelsea Czuchra, flutes and Lindsay Buffington, harp) and soprano Liz Pearse. Inspired in part by the Jubal Trio’s commissions from the 1980’s, we have set out to commission, perform and record a new body of music and text by living composers and writers/poets from all around the world, in any language (or not), at any stage of their careers. It is a central focus of our project to give voice, sonically and in words, to artists of all walks of life and experience. Future commissions will include new works by Valerie Coleman, Katharina Rosenberger and Jesse Jones. The three musicians recently completed a one-week residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire, USA.

Building on the wonderful works by George Crumb (Federico’s Little Songs for Children), Tania Leon (Journey), Ursula Mamlok (Der Andreas Garten) and others, the Little Songbook Project has commissioned Ryan Molloy, Pierce Gradone, Lindsey Jacob and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon for new works for Book One in 2018-2019. Book One will be premiered in North Carolina in September 2018, immediately followed by a two week tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland in October 2018. The Northern Ireland portion of the tour has received funding from the Swiss Cultural Fund UK.

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Composers and Poets featured in Book One of The Little Songbook

Ryan Molloy and Martin Dyar

Ursula Mamlok and Dwight Mamlok

Kaija Saariaho and William Shakespeare

Lindsey Jacob and Nichole O. Nichols

Pierce Gradone and Stephanie Anderson

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Juan Rulfo

George Crumb and Federico Garcia Lorca


Concert Program: The Little Songbook Project: Book One


Ariel’s Hail (2004)

From ’The Tempest Songbook’

for soprano, flute and harp

Kaija Saariaho (1952*)


Buaine na Gaoithe** (2018)

for soprano, flutes and harp

Ryan Molloy


Der Andreas Garten (1987)

for soprano, flutes and harp

Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016)


Toward the Sea III (1989)

for alto flute and harp

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)


The little girl never leaves us ** (2018)

for soprano, flutes and harp

Lindsey Jacob


Diptych* (2016)

for flute/piccolo and harp

Jesse Jones (1978*)


Lungfuls of Dusk** (2017)

for soprano, flutes and harp

Pierce Gradone


Songs from "Comala"** (2017)

for soprano, flutes and harp

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (1962*)


Federico’s Little Songs for Children (1986)

for soprano, flutes and harp

George Crumb (1929*)


*Cochlea commissions

**Cochlea + Liz Pearse commissions


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Liz Pearse, Soprano

Finding joy in variety, Liz Pearse is a musician of many pursuits. After a childhood spent playing every instrument she could lay hands upon, Liz began exploring the endless possibilities of the voice. Hers is an instrument possessing an unusual range, color, and versatility, leading to performances of medieval to modern music on stages around the world.

Liz has a special affinity for music post-1900. Her recent projects include multiple performances of Pierrot lunaire, electroacoustic programming including Philomel, and an on-going project commissioning works for self-accompanying soprano. As a member of Quince Ensemble, a treble quartet dedicated to the creation and performance of contemporary vocal chamber music, Liz has performed Morton Feldman’s Three Voices, David Lang’s love fail (including the work’s Polish premiere), and on countless collegiate residencies and festivals coast to coast. Quince’s third album Motherland will be released by New Focus Records in March 2018.

Liz has performed with Lucerne Festival, newEar, NAVO Arts, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, KcEMA, (le) poisson rouge, Omaha Under the Radar, Kerrytown Concert House, The Bun Shop, and Constellation Chicago. She has also performed at universities including DePaul, Lawrence, University of Nebraska - Kearney, Baldwin Wallace, Metro State Denver, and University of Central Missouri. Her opera credits include Lyric Opera Kansas City, Michigan Opera Theatre, Toledo Opera, and Opera in the Ozarks, alongside many performances with Indiana University and Bowling Green State University Opera Theatres.

As a doctoral student of Contemporary Music at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Liz researches the prevalence and incorporation of contemporary repertoire in the collegiate voice studio. She won both the Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition and the BGSU Competitions in Music Concerto Competition while at BGSU, and her mentor there is Dr. Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers. Prior to her doctoral work, Liz studied with Patricia Stiles at Indiana University.