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Biography

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I am a baritone, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and graphic design dabbler, residing in Boston since Fall 2019.

I am a freelance musician, and therefore always eagerly pursuing a menagerie of interesting projects; recent highlights include:

• the world première of …(Iphigenia), a new opera by Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding, which was preceded by a preparatory 2-week residency at MASS MoCA;
• singing in an octet of professional singers with the Boston Pops in a series of Holiday Pops Kids’ Matinees;
• the world première of Elena Ruehr’s Requiem with Emmanuel Music;
• a solo appearance in Bach cantatas BWV 130 & 149 with Cantata Singers;
• a recording session on a new composition by Christopher Hoh with Vox Futura;
• a solo appearance in the world première of Eingang by John Haukoos, alongside 2 other new works on the program Whispers—what haunts you? with Nightingale Vocal Ensemble;
We Remember, a program of choral music memorializing victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Ensemble Altera;
• a long-term recording project of Heidi Breyer’s new work Amor Aeternus—Requiem for the Common Man;
• the world première of my composition You have taken many things by Nightingale Vocal Ensemble on the program A New Love Story: Madrigals Reimagined.

I sing regularly with Emmanuel Music, Ensemble Altera, Cantata Singers, Nightingale Vocal Ensemble, Carduus, and the Metropolitan Chorale (as Artist in Residence). I also frequently sing at churches, including Church of the Advent, Church of the Redeemer, Trinity Church Boston, Christ Church Cambridge, St. Cecilia Parish, St. Anthony Shrine, and more.

My compositions and arrangements have been performed by Nightingale Vocal Ensemble, Camerata California, the Davis Chamber Choir, a cappella sextet GGN, and they have been featured in the Sparks & Wiry Cries NYC songSLAM.

I am half of experimental lo-fi pop duo DREAMGLOW. In my leisure time, I enjoy roller skating (sometimes to & from gigs!) and hiking.

Before moving to Boston in 2019, I lived in California, where I grew up (in Fountain Valley, Orange County, in the greater L.A. area), attended high school (Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana) and university (UC Davis, studying Physics), practiced drums & percussion (fairly seriously), and began singing professionally (at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco; with the Pacific Chorale in Costa Mesa; and with Camerata California and Schola Cantorum in Sacramento).

Media

Solo singing:




Original composition You have taken many things (lyrics by Ayla Goktan, animation by Sukhi Kanniks, performed by Nightingale Vocal Ensemble):




Original composition Why, what is Tybalt? (lyrics by Shakespeare, performed by soprano Angela Yam for the 2021 Sparks & Wiry Cries NYC songSLAM):




More compositions:




Arrangement of "Honeybee" (originally by Steam Powered Giraffe, performed by the Davis Chamber Choir):




Arrangement of "Santa Baby" (performed by GGN):




DREAMGLOW’s most recent EP release mélo-fi:




Contact

Email:

halburnathan@gmail.com


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