Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet performing together

Composer and Quartet Celebrate Women of Haiti at Texas Performing Arts

  • Apr 4, 2022

Texas Performing Arts welcomes composer and performer Nathalie Joachim and the Spektral Quartet to the Bates Recital Hall on April 22, 2022. They will perform Joachim’s Grammy-nominated album, “Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti),” an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics. 

"Fanm d’Ayiti" celebrates some of Haiti’s iconic female artists and explores Joachim’s Haitian heritage. Singing in kreyòl (Haitian Creole), Joachim weaves her own luminous voice with those of her grandmother and a girls’ choir from her family’s hometown, as well as audio from interviews with activist women performers who fought for social justice in the world’s first free Black republic. Folk songs blend seamlessly with chamber strings and electronic soundscapes in Joachim’s deft—and highly personal—musical journey. 

“I hope that everybody experiences the deep sense of love and respect that I have for this ancestry, this lineage, and these women who have come before me. I hope that people will see that this is such a deep part of who I am. More than anything, I want to be able to honor these women by making this music," said Joachim. 

Spektral Quartet members include Clara Lyon, violin; Maeve Feinberg, violin; Dolye Armbrust, viola; and Russell Rolen, cello. The quartet is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere and bold, inquisitive programming.

Purchase tickets for this performance via the Texas Performing Arts website.