JEFF ZEIDERS
Jeff Zeiders is a composer, performer and theorist. His commissions include song cycles, film soundtracks, original dance works and operas. He holds a special interest in the deconstruction and recreation of texts to tell stories of distillation and clarity. Jeff’s written analyses explore popular music and their relationship and evolution with art music.

Purple King

for soprano
The death of Stéphane Mallarmé's eight year old son in 1879 had an enormous impact upon the French Symbolist poet. Grief-stricken, he devoted the next year of his life to creating the great work that he hoped would entomb the tragedy. He never completed the work, but left behind 202 fragments, which were never meant to be seen, read or spoken. Purple King is a recreation and reassembly of Mallarmé's fragments into 11 new poems.
Poetry of Sickness/Coward

Daydream

Bury Him

Alliance

Une Suele Tombe

Mother's Tears

Future Eyes

Reabsorbed

Ensemble

Siecle Voix Tombeau

Alui Altum

for solo piano
aperio

suggero

erigo

dux ducis

alo

reveal

supply

encourage

guide

nourish

Narcissus & Echo

for ensemble and soloists
Shall the water not remember; Ember

my hand's slow gesture, tracing above; of

its mirror my half-imaginary; airy

portrait? My only belonging; longing

is my beauty, which I take; ache

away and then return, as love; of

teasing playfully the one being; unbeing.

whose gratitude I treasure; Is your

moves me. I live apart; heart

from myself, yet cannot; not

live apart. In the water's tone; stone?

that brilliant silence, a flower; Hour,

whispers my name with such slight; light:

moment, it seems filament of air; fare

the world becomes cloudswell; well.

(reprinted with permission of the author)

String Quartet No. 1

eminus (from afar)

lacuna (a space visible)

longinquitas (distance)

prospicio (to look into a distance)