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Teddy Death

Teddy Death is a 50-minute songbook for soprano and chamber ensemble by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon with texts by Deidre Huckabay

  • Project Created By

    Zohn Collective

    Zohn Collective is a flexible chamber ensemble that is dedicated to the performance of contemporary art music. The ensemble core is comprised of nine members, which includes performers, composers, and a conductor. However, the group may grow and expand as dictated by the repertory of each project.

  • Project Location
    Rochester, New York
  • Key Collaborators
    Deidre Huckabay

    Author, Photographer

    Tim Weiss

    Conductor, Co-Director Zohn Collective

    Hannah Hurwitz

    Violinist, Co-Director Zohn Collective

  • Project Dates
    Start Date
    June 15, 2020
    End Date
    May 15, 2022

Teddy Death

Teddy Death is a 50-minute songbook for soprano and chamber ensemble by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon with texts by Deidre Huckabay

Teddy Death is a 50-minute songbook for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, guitar, piano, and percussion. It is also a mourning ritual and a road trip. Over the course of two weeks, Huckabay drives west from Chicago through the U.S. countryside with her favorite childhood plush teddy as her sole companion. (A polar bear with a curved back, she named it Scoliosis when she was twelve.) Each day, she undertakes a ritual practice of disassembling the bear, observing and cataloguing its every fiber, literally sorting through the object for the stuff of attachment. At midday and at dusk, she writes to grieve its disintegrating body. All the while, she stages photographs of Scoliosis that echo sentimental family portraiture. Ultimately, Huckabay produces a chapbook of text and photographs to stand alongside Zohn- Muldoon’s music.

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