In February 2020, soprano Caroline Miller collaborated with aerialist and artist Erin Garber-Pearson to interweave classical music, vocal performance, and the aerial arts. They both wanted to tell a story about loss, grief and the redemptive power of love. Aber combines “Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit” from Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms, newly arranged for soprano and guitar by Nathan Silar with aerial silks and film. In the process of creating Aber, Caroline lost her grandmother. This piece and this partnership was there to catch her.
Erin Garber-Pearson: Co-creator, Aerialist
Caroline Miller: Co-creator, and Soprano
Nathan Siler: Arranger and Guitarist
Matthew James Miller: Director of Photography
This piece premiered with IN Series, Logan Operahouse. IN Series is the standard-bearer for innovative opera theater in Washington, DC. Working with local artists and diverse communities worldwide to create novel works grounded in opera and song, they challenge and reimagine these forms, folding in an expanding range of aesthetic and cultural traditions.
As a response to COVID-19, they have launched INVISION, an opera house without walls and will be featuring Aber in their digital blackbox space, The BOX after the premiere.