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A refuge for the creation of new music for soprano, clarinet, and piano


Recipient of a a 2021 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant with composer, Ivette Herryman-Rodriguez

Recipient of a 2021 Barlow Endowment Commissioning Grant with composer, David Biedenbender

Prayer for the Waters

Well-established solo artists soprano Lindsay Kesselman, clarinetist Kimberly Cole Luevano, and pianist Midori Koga joined as HAVEN in 2011 around performances of Abbie Betinis’ hauntingly beautiful song cycle Nattsanger. The group released its first album, Bright Angel, on Fleur de Son, Ltd. in 2013 to critical acclaim: “…amazingly performed works…performances are exquisite as it their ensemble chemistry.” (Sequenza 21) The trio subsequently released Atonement in 2015 and TWINGE in 2019.

Now in its 10th season as a trio, HAVEN is a 2021 recipient of both a Barlow Endowment for Music Composition award with composer David Biedenbender, and also a 2021 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Ivette Herryman Rodriguez. This season, HAVEN will premiere a new piece, Hardwired for Optimism by Roshanne Etezady and also new arrangements of David Biedenbender’s Shell and Wing and Amy Beth Kirsten’s to my own heart in several performances across the United States.

In 2016-17 HAVEN premiered and toured Jon Magnussen’s TWINGE, made possible by a 2015 Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant. This work is based on Pulitzer Prize winer Barry Bearak’s “The Day the Sea Came,” the Nov. 27, 2005 New York Times Magazine cover story which tells the story of six who survived the 2004 tsunami which devastated much of Indonesia. HAVEN also received a 2015 Ontario Arts Council grant to partner with composer Kieren MacMillan and poet Dana Gioia for the premiere of Three Portraits, which premiered in Toronto.

HAVEN has ongoing relationships with such composers as Kieren MacMillan, Evan Chambers, Abbie Betinis, Lee Kesselman, and Roshanne Etezady and loves to give new works a long life beyond their premiere. The group regularly tours across North America, and believes in the exploration of multi-dimensional performances in which the audience is fully embraced and invited into the heart of the experience.

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 transformed, open to new possibilities and connected to one another through poetry and sound. More information can be found at www.haventrio.com