About Spark in the Dark
This piece was written for NOW Ensemble and inspired by the rediscovery of hope so many folks have experienced recently, as well as my life-long love for sparklers (among other fireworks). The simple joy they bring reminds me that wonderful things can arise out of nowhere and just as quickly expire. So lighten up, have fun, and laugh lots while you can!
About Kirsten Volness
Kirsten Volness is a composer, pianist and educator. She has received commissions from the BMI Foundation, ASCAP/SEAMUS, REDSHIFT Ensemble, and Hotel Elefant, and NOW Ensemble. She collaborates often, as pianist/multi-instrumentalist for new music ensemble Hotel Elefant, writing songs for Exilkabarett and Erik Ehn’s Tenderloin Opera Company, as a founding member of the interdisciplinary performance group Awesome Collective, and as an affiliated artist of Sleeping Weazel. Her work has been featured at festivals presented by the American Composers Alliance, Midwest Composers Symposia, and the Montréal and Edinburgh Fringe.
Volness teaches at the University of Rhode Island. She is on the board of directors for the non-profit Boston New Music Initiative and produces new music/multimedia concerts in New York and New England. Volness studied at the University of Michigan and University of Minnesota.