​​Kari Medina, Composer

About the story:

Völuspá tells the story of the creation, destruction, and rebirth of the world. As the poem opens, a Seeress is seated before the Viking God, Odin. She has been summoned to recount her vision of both past and future. Song of the Seeress opens with this scene. 



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Two Poets, Two Nights, Two Salons

"Wider Than the Sky” 
Emily Dickinson in Poetry & Song
Thursday, May 12,  7:30 pm
Chapel Performance Space, 

Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.
Seattle, WA  98103


“My Heart, a Singing Bird”

Christina Rossetti in Poetry & Song

​Friday, May 13,  7:30 pm
Chapel Performance Space

Good Shepherd Center

​4649 Sunnyside Ave. N.

Seattle, WA  98103

(parking Available on site)


WORLD PREMIERE:

Song of the Seeress - Völuspá, 

Featuring Soprano, Alexandra Picard 

Northwest Symphony Orchestra,

directed by Anthony Spain  
Saturday, March 19,   8:00 pm

Holy Rosary Church, West Seattle
4210 SW Genesee St, Seattle, WA  98116

This piece steps back 1000 years into the medieval sagas of the Vikings. The work sets text from the opening portion of the Icelandic poem,Völuspá, one of the most beautiful and influential of the Eddic poems preserved from the Viking Age. These sagas are the primary sources for the study of Norse mythology. They are the wellspring that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S Lewis, and they continue to influence modern fantasy genres today. 

ANTHEM-STAND IN THE LIGHT

a simple 2-part round for voices with piano

Chorosynthesis Reading Session on Social Consciousness

Hosted by Seattle University and sponsered by Chorosynthesis Singers

Directed by Wendy Moy and Jeremiah Selvey

This  work was inspired by the Women's March, and the need for an anthem that speaks to the hopes and dreams for which the people of our democracy gather and demonstrate. I was interested in writing a simple tune that anyone could sing, one whose text embraced the goodness and hope represented by these marchers of every age and color. I wanted to create an anthem that encouraged standing for truth, affirmed values of education and growth, and embraced the gratitude of living each day--and I wanted to do it without the baggage of patriarchal, nationalistic or religious language.

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Two Poets, Two Nights,

Two Salon Style Concerts


Celebrating the lives of poets 
Emily Dickinson & Christina Rossetti. 
Composed by Kari Medina
Featuring Soprano Heather Whitney

​Born in the winter of 1830, and separated by five days and the sea, these two writers--one from New England, the other from Victorian England, lived parallel lives as devoted daughters, sisters, and writers. They were women whose passion was the language of poetry. Join us in for a relaxed, celebratory Salon-style evening of music and poetry that showcases the lives of these remarkable poets of the 19th century. ​

About the music:
This orchestral score is cinematic and programatic in scope, reflecting the commitment to serving a narrative form that dates back to the Viking "Skalds" and historic poetic storytellers. It unfolds in an interweaving pattern between harp and piano that represents the "spinning out" of a story, a nod to the integral role weaving played in the fabric of Viking culture--both in design and in narrative.

Horn calls harken to the role of Valhalla as an afterlife where valiant warriors spend their days feasting and fighting. The selective use of horn, harp and flute throughout the piece are a historic nod  to instruments whose predecessors were actually mentioned in the ancient texts. A solo violin also appears throughout the work, representing the unpredictable nature of fate, and mimicking some of the sounds of the traditional Nordic folk fiddle or Hardanger fiddle. 

THE MESSAGE OF THE WIND

 SSATB a cappella, based on a poem by Harriett Monroe

International Alliance of Women in Music Annual Concert/ACDA Concert

ACDA Conference , New Orleans

UL Layfayette Chamber Singgers

Directed by William F. Plummer

My SSATB choral work "The Message of the Wind" was performed by the UL Lafayette Choirs both at the IAWM concert at UL Layfayette, and at the regional American Choral Director's Association concert in New Orleans. 

This piece premiered in the "Voices of London" festival in London, 2014.