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“[The musicians] revealed this complex music to be not only fascinating but extraordinarily beautiful.” 

- Vermont Today, June 18th, 2012

In March of 2012, Due East, along with Mary Bonhag (soprano), Jacqueline Kerrod (harp), and Evan Premo (bass), met in Putney, Vermont on a Yellow Barn Artist Residency to become “The Bridges of March.” This ensemble worked intensely on an interpretation of George Crumb’s famous cycle, “Madrigals, Books I-IV.”

The quintet worked closely with video artist, Bart Woodstrup, to create a triptych video montage that becomes a magical, powerful component of the staging in their performance. Woodstrup’s tasteful video art allows the audience to fully comprehend the Garcia Lorca texts and offers an inroad to the surreal imaginative possibility that these texts suggest.

In November 2012, the Bridges of March added violinist, Marc Uys, to the ensemble. The group’s expanding repertoire includes madrigal arrangements of Monteverdi, music by South African composer, Kevin Volans,

Death is Watching Me from the Towers of Cordoba!

Why was I Born, Surrounded by Mirrors?

Image Gallery

Erin’s piccolo and Garcia’s knife as one.

Mary Bonhag made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2009 singing scenes from David T. Little’s new chamber opera Dog Days.  She works closely with composers and has premiered works by C. Curtis-Smith, Evan Premo, Lembit Beecher, and Shawn Jaeger. Passionate about chamber and orchestral music, Mary has performed as part of the Pine Mountain Music Festival, Fontana Chamber Arts Festival of Kalamazoo, MI, the Maui Classical Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains, SongFest as a Stern Fellow, Yellow Barn, and with the American Symphony Orchestra.  Mary has performed recitals at Smith, Dartmouth, and Western Michigan University.  She has also been featured on the NPR shows Performance Today and From the Top. After studying at the University of Michigan, she earned her Master’s degree at Dawn Upshaw’s graduate vocal program at Bard College, winning concerto competitions at both institutions.  Mary lives in the woods of Vermont where she runs Scrag Mountain Music, an innovative concert series with her husband, double bassist and composer Evan Premo. 

Greg, tapping on Evan’s bass strings.

South African born harpist Jacqueline Kerrod is a versatile performer. She is a member of American Modern Ensemble and has performed with Argento Chamber Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble and Wet Ink Ensemble. Jacqueline has appeared as a member of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Her duo, Clockwise, with violinist Marc Uys, described as ‘masters of strings‘ has been presented by venues such as SFMOMA and the Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe.  As soloist she was featured by the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with world renowned flutist Ransom Wilson and has also appeared as soloist with the Colonial Symphony, Montclair State University, and the SONOS Chamber Orchestras. Jacqueline has  performed with Santigold at Madison Square Garden and Antony and the Johnsons at Radio City Music Hall.  She is prominently featured on two of Robert Paterson’s CDs: Book of Goddesses and Star Crossing. She is also prominently featured on Greg Spears’s Requiem (New Amsterdam Records) with members of the vocal ensemble, Anonymous 4.

Double bassist and composer Evan Premo pursues a unique life path.  As a member of Ensemble ACJW he has performed many concerts at Carnegie Hall and participated in residencies in Spain and Germany.  He is also active member of  the New York City based chamber music collective, The Declassified.  Along with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Evan premiered his own double concerto for violin and bass, “Simple Mysteries” inspired by the nature poetry of Mary Oliver.  As a soloist, Evan also premiered “Concerto for Bass and Orchestra” by Finnish composer Jukka Linkola.  His chamber opera, “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” (text by Mark Twain) was commissioned by the Pine Mountain Music and has been staged several times most recently featuring the Bergonzi String Quartet.  Evan has performed at summer chamber music festivals throughout the country and has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician on National Public Radio shows Performance Today and From the Top.

Bart Woodstrup, video art. Bart’s goals are to understand and manipulate the aesthetics, semiotics, and narratives of various time-based media. His work takes the form of traditional musical composition, real-time interactive audio/video performance, multimedia installation and networked experience. He holds a Masters of Music from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Fine Art from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His work is performed frequently in the US and abroad at various venues, including: Siggraph, ISEA, SEAMUS, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Electronic Music Midwest.

The Bridges of March  is DUE EAST plus:

from left: Erin Lesser, Marc Uys, Mary Bonhag, Greg Beyer,

Jacqueline Kerrod, Evan Premo.

The Madgrial Project Trailer