Well-established solo performers soprano Lindsay Kesselman, clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano, and pianist Midori Koga joined together as HAVEN in 2011 around performances of Abbie Betinis‘ hauntingly beautiful song cycle Nattsanger. The group soon released its first album, Bright Angel, on the Fleur de Son label in 2013 to much critical acclaim: “…amazingly performed works…performances are exquisite as is their ensemble chemistry.”
HAVEN has ongoing and deep relationships with such composers as Kieren MacMillan, Evan Chambers, Abbie Betinis, and Roshanne Etezady and seeks to create such partnerships with other composers. They are recent recipients of a 2015 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant to partner with Hawaiian composer, Jon Magnuessen, in the creation of a new work entitled, “Twinge.” The group regularly tours across North America, records, and believes in the exploration of non-traditional and multi-dimensional performances in which traditional performance barriers are broken down and the audience is fully embraced and invited into the heart of the experience.
The 2014-15 season includes tours to Chicago and Toronto that include the premiere of Lee Kesselman’s “Make Me a Willow Cabin” and feature HAVEN in a wide variety of concert settings, from high schools and colleges, to art openings, private homes and concert series including a benefit concert in conjunction with for the George Hermann House. HAVEN’s second album, Atonement, was released in March 2015 on the Fleur de Son label, distributed internationally through Naxos.
Whether it is within a living room, an art gallery, or a concert hall, HAVEN seeks to invite audiences to engage with the intimate and powerful world of contemporary music-making so that all might emerge open to new possibilities, connected to each other, and transformed for the wider world.