flowers of evil

Flowers of Evil is a multi-movement song cycle of original music set to the beautifully dark poetry of 19th century French poet, Charles Baudelaire and the 1864 collection of the same name. The extended work 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 Booth's compelling music. 

Original score by Annie Booth for:
soprano
reed 1 (flute, alto sax)
reed 2 (tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet)
trumpet
trombone
violin
cello
piano
guitar
acoustic bass
drum set


Composed at the Banff Centre in Canada and premiered at the Dairy Arts Center in 2018. The studio album is expected out worldwide in early 2023.

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