NIGHT VOICED, the new release by San Francisco composer Mark Winges, is a collection of warm sounding and texturally rich works
featuring the viola in a lush variety of solo, duo, and trio contexts.
The title of the album is based on the individual composition of the same name, which is from a poem by Carolyn Forché, "a viola, night-voiced, calls into its past but nothing comes," and reflects the often nocturnal feeling of the program. Other titles such as wary-gliding, ghostly, "Melted Red, Frozen Black", and "Here (marginally buoyant)," offer a hint of the delightful vignettes and turns the music takes along the way.
Mark Winges is resident composer/advisor for the chamber choir Volti and has recently received commissions from the Verge Ensemble (Washington, DC) and Earplay (San Francisco). He is also active as a freelance organist. He has studies at the College-Conservatory of Music (Cincinnati), San Francisco State University, and the Musikhögskolan in Stockholm, Sweden.