Live performance recording of Trinidadian debut
Songs of the Islands
T&T Opera Festival 2016
In our ongoing mission to enrich our cultural landscape and showcase Trinidadian talent internationally, the Picoplat Music Development Foundation has undertaken the commissioning of ‘Songs of the Islands’ by Dominique LeGendre for piano and voice.
We feel that the time is right to create a new catalogue of songs with lyrics from Caribbean sources set to music by the first Trinidadian operatic composer whose musical language reflects the rich multi-culture of her Caribbean upbringing.
Trinidad-born composer Dominique Le Gendre has written music extensively for theatre, dance, film, television and radio drama for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and composed and produced music for all 38 Shakespeare plays recorded for audio, “The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare”. In 2004 she was invited to become an Associate Artist of the famed Covent Garden, who commissioned her full-length opera “Bird of Night," (based on the Soucouyant) which premiered at the Royal Opera House in 2006 and last year her music theatre work ‘Jab Molassie’ for the Calabash Foundation was premiered at the Little Carib theatre to critical acclaim.
The 'Songs of the Island' collection was officially premiered at the T&T Opera Festival 2016, by a cast of local and international singers and pianists, and the archival video can be viewed in its entirety above.
Our goal for 'Songs of the Islands’ is that the sheet music for the entire series be made available for sale online through our website, so that internationally based Caribbean Diaspora singers can access them easily, with plans for the entire ‘Songs of the Islands’ collection to be recorded onto a CD followed by regional and international performances.
Live performance recording of London debut
White Egret I & II
Natalia Dopwell & Dominika Glapiak
The first two songs in this series (White Egrets I & II) feature poems by Derek Walcott and were debuted in May 2015 at the Bocas Lit Festival Port of Spain by Tahirah Osbourne and the faculty musicians of the University of the West Indies; and then by Natalia Dopwell at the ReFermata Festival in Gdansk, Poland with the Orchestra Kameralna Progress; and in Central London at a recital with Polish pianist Dominika Glapiak.