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EVENT SPOTLIGHT: A Soul? A Desire? New Theatrical Musical Works

This May 30th, Le Mondo presents A Soul? A Desire? a new show from Baltimore-based performers Ian Power and Clint McCallum which premieres several original compositions alongside the revival of theatrical musical works by San Diego legends Ed Harkins and Phil Larson.

Join us on a journey through the looking glass with a night of musical works that probe the depths of doom in disco, rhythmic activism, terrified mummies, & the anxieties of the young and old alike. The night also features openers Gleb Kanasevich & trio Bonnie Lander/John Dierker/Shelly Purdy.


A Show Poster for A Soul A Desire a new performance at Le Mondo


A Soul? A Desire?

Thurs, May 30th

Doors/Bar: 7PM

Show: 8PM

Tickets: $15



Ian Power and Clint McCallum in black hoods against a stained glass background displaying the word Friendship and people shaking hands and


Ian Power (1984) is a composer and performer in Baltimore, USA. He has three albums of his work: Diligence, out on Edition Wandelweiser Records (Germany) in June 2020; Maintenance Hums out on Carrier Records (Chicago) in September 2020; and Ave Maria: Variations on Theme by Giacinto Scelsi, out on Carrier in October 2023. In April 2023, his piece BYE BYE LOVE was premiered by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow.

Power is Associate Professor and Director of Arts Production & Management at the University of Baltimore, where he won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2018. His writing on rhetoric in new music and reviews of CDs and performances are published in Cambridge University Press’s TEMPO Journal, and he has lectured at the American Musicological Society and American Studies Association. Power studied primarily with Chaya Czernowin.

A photo of performer Clint McCallum standing at a keyboard with a microphone against a background of a giant mouth


Clint McCallum is a composer, performer, poet, author, and teacher living in Baltimore Maryland, USA. He composes emotionally immediate contemporary classical music, performs in a variety of bands, and writes about how we use music to transcend what we were. He is inspired by his students and strives to be reciprocal.

An artist headshot of performer Gleb Kanasevich


Gleb Kanasevich is a clarinetist, composer, and noise/drone musician. He currently works primarily with feedback and modified instruments, while exploring expressive possibilities in very simple electronic processing. He works often as a soloist and collaborates with composers, chamber music groups, improvisers, noise musicians, death metal bands, and many other types of artists.

In 2020, he founded a small independent label Unknown Tapes, dedicated to showcasing work by artists whose work deals with spontaneous music making, regardless of genre. His blackened noise album Asleep (Unknown Tapes) and the immersive 45-minute Subtraction (Flag Day Recordings) came out to critical acclaim in 2019. As of July 2022, he is a permanent member of Hub New Music.

A photo of performer Bonnie Lander in a red shirt holding her hands up toward her head and screaming


Dr. Bonnie Lander is an adventurous, virtuosic soprano, composer, and improviser specializing in classical and avant-garde music performance with a "signature ability to embody a seemingly endless supply of vocal timbres and personalities." Dr. Lander currently works as Co-Artistic Director at Rhymes With Opera; Assistant Director for the Community Chorus of Peabody under Director Kristen Toedtman; as soprano for Emmanuel Episcopalian church in Mt. Vernon; and as collective member for social justice events space 2640 Space and experimental music collective The High Zero Foundation.

A photo of percussionist Shelly Purdy holding drum sticks next to various hanging percussive objects


Shelly Purdy is a contemporary percussionist and educator performing new and experimental music. She performs with various ensembles including the percussion quartet Umbilicus; the science/music ensemble The Inverse Square Trio; Sonic Meditations Baltimore; arts-in-education ensemble Envirodrum Maryland; and The Columbia Orchestra. Ms. Purdy has performed with ensembles such as the Talujon Percussion Quartet, the Wooden Cities Contemporary Ensemble, and the Baltimore trio Microkingdom. Ms. Purdy currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where she teaches at Towson University, Carroll Community College, the BSO’s inner city outreach program Orchkids. She is a member of the experimental improvisation organization The High Zero Collective.

A photo of musician John Dierker performing with a saxophone


Multi-reedman John Dierker has " become a major improvisational stylist interweaving concepts augmented by howling lines, injections of blues-drenched choruses and Albert Ayler-like display of energy." (All About Jazz)

A Baltimore native, Dierker has worked in a wide variety of musical settings, collaborating with Peter Zummo, Jason Willett, Jad Fair, The Basement Boys, Michael Formanek, and Marty Ehrlich, to name a few. He is a longtime member of Lafayette Gilchrist and The New Volcanoes. He is currently working with Quartet Offensive, Lubbock, and Microkingdom, as well as freelancing in the Baltimore/D.C. area.


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