A PERSONAL NOTE
Co-founders Martha Guth and Erika Switzer ground their vision for the future of art song in both individual and shared experiences as performers and educators. Having spent formative years in Germany, they express their deep love and understanding of traditional repertoires by forging connections to the here and now. Juno and Latin Grammy-nominated soprano Martha Guth’s performance highlights include Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, The National Cathedral, St. John Smith Square, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Philharmonic, The Santa Fe Opera, Grazer Oper and more. Recital partners include Graham Johnson and Erika Switzer. Martha is Assistant Professor of Voice at Ithaca College and director of the Composer/Mentorship program at SongFest, in San Francisco. Learn more at www.marthaguth.com. Erika Switzer is an accomplished collaborative pianist who performs regularly in major concert settings around the world, including New York’s Weill Hall (Carnegie), Frick Collection, and the Kennedy Center. Her performances have been called “precise and lucid” (New York Times), and “intelligent, refined, and captivating” (Le Monde). She serves on the music faculty at Bard College and its Conservatory of Music, and holds a doctorate from The Juilliard School. Learn more at www.erikaswitzer.com.
SPARKS & WIRY CRIES
CREATIVE - PRODUCER
Founded in 2009, Sparks & Wiry Cries curates opportunities for art song creators, performers, and scholars through innovative initiatives that capture the stories of our diverse communities. Co-founders soprano Martha Guth and pianist Erika Switzer share a vision for the future of art song presentation, articulating the form’s confluence of poetry and music as a vehicle for socially-relevant storytelling. Sparks productions foreground the lived experience of artists within our communities, enabling them to express heartfelt matters that speak to us all.
For ADA Artists management, Sparks & Wiry Cries curates projects that range from innovatively crafted vocal chamber recitals to co-produced multimedia /theatrical projects. Collaboration has permeated every aspect of Sparks & Wiry Cries since its founding.
Our partnerships include: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 5 Boroughs Music Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Lincoln University, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Cornell University, Columbia University (Narrative Medicine program), Barnard University (Heyman Center for the Humanities), Merkin Concert Hall, GLMMR, and National Sawdust.
Examples of our projects include: