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 subsequently released their second commended album, Atonement, in 2015.
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. 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 performance experience.
HAVEN was the recipient of a 2015 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning grant and, consequently, during their 2016-17 season, HAVEN will premiere Jon Magnussen’s Twinge based on the stories of six people who survived the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. HAVEN also received a 2015 Ontario Arts Council grant to partner with Kieren MacMillan for a 2017 premiere. This season includes performances in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Hawai’i that feature HAVEN in a wide variety of concert settings, from high schools and university series to benefit concerts and private homes.
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.