“Flowers of Evil” is a multi-movement suite of original music composed by Annie Booth based on the beautifully dark poetry of 19th century French poet, Charles Baudelaire. The piece premiered March 14, 2018 at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado by The Annie Booth Chamber Jazz Ensemble comprised of: Kathryn Radakovich (soprano), John Gunther (reeds), Anisha Rush (reeds), Brad Goode (trumpet), Adam Bartczak (trombone), Adrienne Short (violin), Kari Clifton (cello), Patrick McDevitt (double bass), Alejandro Castaño (drums and percussion), and Annie Booth on piano/conducting.
The piece lives between the boundaries of jazz, chamber music, and art song, seeking to illuminate the intersection and convergence of poetry, improvisation, and emotion. "Flowers of Evil," sung both in French and English, brings the complex world of Charles Baudelaire's 19th century Paris to modern times though music.
Annie Booth began composing the piece as a Musician-In-Residence at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in Banff, Alberta, Canada in January 2017. Special thanks to the Banff Centre for the incredible opportunity! To learn more specific information about "Flowers of Evil" or for performance inquiries for the piece, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Annie Booth is looking forward to making a studio recording of the piece in 2020. Subscribe to her email list for more updates!