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Little Songbook Project

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Cochlea Duo + Liz Pearse



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.

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 Pierce Gradone, Lindsey Jacob and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon for new works for Book One in 2018-2019.


Composers and Poets featured in Book One of The Little Songbook

Ursula Mamlok and Dwight Mamlok

Kaija Saariaho and William Shakespeare

Lindsey Jacob and TBA

Pierce Gradone and Stephanie Anderson

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Juan Rulfo


Program: Book One of The Little Songbook

(Program subject to change)


Ariel’s Hail

From ’The Tempest Songbook’ (2004)

For soprano, flute and harp

Kaija Saariaho (1952*)


Der Andreas Garten (1987)

for soprano, flutes and harp

Ursula Mamlok (1923-2016)


Movements from Toward the Sea III (1989)

For alto flute and harp

Night or Moby Dick

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)


Miniatures** (working title) (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


Songs from Comala’** (2017-)

For soprano, flutes and harp

Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon (1962*)


Federico’s Little Songs for Children (1986)

For soprano, flute 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.