Hogfish Regenerative Arts celebrates a magical launch
Throughout the long, dark days of the pandemic, artists around the world have dreamed of the day when they could once again shine a light on their creativity and share with their audiences a celebration of joy, upliftment and healing. inherent in the creative process. In Maine, as summer blossoms, arts organizations return to their mission one by one and, perhaps even more surprisingly, new ones are born. Hogfish Regenerative Arts is one such new venture, born out of the desire of its creators, Edwin and Matt Cahill, to create “an artists’ sanctuary and body of work dedicated to restoring the creative and physical health of individuals. , communities and our land “.
Located in historic Beckett Castle, a 19th-century stone “cottage” atop the cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Hogfish celebrated its launch with two concerts, performed outdoors in the scenic Rose Garden of the mansion on June 26, 2021. The chateau, built in 1871, has been the home of Maine des Cahills since 2018, and the breathtaking location gave them the opportunity to envision and produce a summer season (June – September) performances (opera, musical theater, song art, chamber music, dance) – these in conjunction with others to be held in their New York space at the Karl Kemp Performance Space in Midtown Manhattan .
Edwin and Matt Cahill both have vast and eclectic performance backgrounds. Edwin Cahill is an actor, pianist, director, producer, arts administrator and writer / lyricist with a resume rich in Broadway, film and opera. Matt (Morris) Cahill is a singer whose performances have spanned opera and musical theater, as well as a stage and film actor and teaching artist. The versatility of their talents informs their vision of Hogfish and the seasons they hope to create and the artists they hope to bring to Maine.
There is a feeling of serendipity in choosing Beckett Castle for Hogfish’s summer residence. Its original owner, Sylvester Beckett was a lawyer, poet, bird watcher, and spiritualist who used the house as a gathering place for artists, writers and prominent members of society, and a palpable sense of the history envelops the place from the three-story tower. , walking trails and lush roses, jagged rocks and crashing waves below. The setting evokes the elegance of a mini-Caramoor or a Yaddo, and the Cahills have used all of these features creatively to design their launch event.
The guests, exploring the gardens after their arrival, were summoned by a bell to raise their eyes to the roof of the tower from which Matt Cahill gently and bewitched recounted Ronsard’s text set to music by Jehan Chardavoine, “Mignonne , let’s go see if the roses. ”A patio in the garden served as a lush backdrop for the choreography and performance of dancer Tyeri Morrison on“ Don’t Leave Me ”by Nina Simone.
The Amarantos string quartet then performed from the second-story porch before the focus was on the lawn surrounding the covered porch of the M&G Piano Studio, where soprano Amy Shoremomount-Obra, mezzo-soprano Marquita Raley -Cooper, tenor Matt Cahill, pianists Kayo Iwana and Edwin Cahill delighted the audience with works by Piazolla, Bizet, Puccini, Delibes and Duke Ellington. The company also presented selections of new works that will be part of the inaugural season of Hogfish, including THE DIARIES OF ADAM AND EVE by Evan Premo to text by Mark Twain, and a world premiere song from a new comedy. musical created for Hogfish by Evan Premo (music) and Edwin Cahill (text). The evening ended rather well with the interpretation of Matt Cahill (Edwin on piano) of “A Bit of Earth” by THE SECRET GARDEN.
Because Covid is still a hidden presence, the Cahills are calling the June 26 concerts a “soft launch” and they hope to expand and improve those offerings – both in Maine and New York – as the world continues to s ‘to open. All of the artists, in addition to performing, expressed their emotions of being part of the performing arts again and being part of the Hogfish quest. “to build an artistic sanctuary and body of work to restore a healthier dynamic balance between our planet, the stories we tell and the way we live. “
Photos courtesy of Hogfish
For more information on upcoming Hogfish events, visit www.Hogfish.org