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The Mountain and Tidewater Songs are a set of six pieces for baritone, cello, piano, and violin. The songs are drawn from a series of poems by Daniel Mark Epstein, which appear in "No Vacancies in Hell". A deep sense of place, as well as the sweep, lyricism, and warmth of nineteenth-century American life inform both the poetry and music. The cycle charts the journey and reflections of an exile as he leaves behind the towns, countryside, and people he has known. These places and characters, like the apparitions of memory, become an interior landscape, where romance, adventure, duels, buffoonery, loss, villainy, and kindness all play out in ever-swirling reverie and drama.
The violin and cello parts are included.
Praise for Damon Ferrante's music:
Tim Smith of "The Baltimore Sun" calls Ferrante's music "focused and colorful...with an unexpected, decidedly poetic touch."
"If the tune has the elegance of traditional opera, the harmonization is very modern as the vocal lines climb and descend the melodic staircases that Ferrante has constructed for them."
Geoffrey Himes, "The Baltimore City Paper"
Mary MacCauley of "The Baltimore Sun" describes Ferrante's music as "ebullient and full of shifts of direction."
See a video for "The Mountain & Tidewater Songs" on Damon Ferrante's author page at Amazon (just click on his name here for the link).
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"Fresh, fun and fabulous Guaranteed NOT to ruin your summer vacation " --Mari Mancusi, author of Boys that Bite
How To Ruin a Summer Vacation
Moshav? What's a moshav? Is it "shopping mall" in Hebrew? I mean, from what Jessica was telling me, Israeli stores have the latest fashions from Europe. That black dress Jessica has is really awesome. I know I'd be selling out if I go with the Sperm Donor to a mall, but I keep thinking about all the great stuff I could bring back home.
Unfortunately for 16-year-old Amy Nelson, "moshav" is not Hebrew for "shopping mall." Not even close. Think goats, not Gucci.
Going to Israel with her estranged Israeli father is the last thing Amy wants to do this summer. She's got a serious grudge against her dad, a.k.a. "Sperm Donor," for showing up so rarely in her life. Now he's dragging her to a war zone to meet a family she's never known, where she'll probably be drafted into the army. At the very least, she'll be stuck in a house with no AC and only one bathroom for seven people all summer--no best friend, no boyfriend, no shopping, no cell phone...
Goodbye pride--hello Israel.
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