Welcome to Sparks & Wiry Cries!

Sparks & Wiry Cries promotes the advancement and preservation of art song by providing opportunities to its creators and performers.

International  song SLAM Events    The Sparks & Wiry Cries  song SLAM is a unique competition for emerging composer-performer teams to premiere new art song. In the poetry-slam tradition, audience members vote on their favorite performances, and cash prizes are awarded.

International songSLAM Events

The Sparks & Wiry Cries songSLAM is a unique competition for emerging composer-performer teams to premiere new art song. In the poetry-slam tradition, audience members vote on their favorite performances, and cash prizes are awarded.

 
Our NYC  song SLAM Festival    The 2019 inaugural festival is a transformation of the Casement Fund Song Series. Our mission is to present emerging talent alongside established performers in relevant and engaging repertoire.

Our NYC songSLAM Festival

The 2019 inaugural festival is a transformation of the Casement Fund Song Series. Our mission is to present emerging talent alongside established performers in relevant and engaging repertoire.

The Art Song Magazine    The Art Song Magazine provides educative and promotional resources to artists, students, teachers, and enthusiasts while sparking awareness of artistically diverse and abundant song-related initiatives around the world.

The Art Song Magazine

The Art Song Magazine provides educative and promotional resources to artists, students, teachers, and enthusiasts while sparking awareness of artistically diverse and abundant song-related initiatives around the world.

Co-founders: pianist Erika Switzer and soprano Martha Guth in song-versation.

Co-founders: pianist Erika Switzer and soprano Martha Guth in song-versation.

Sparks & Wiry Cries began in 2009 as a podcast and online magazine with a vision to contextualize art song in the sharing of recordings, interviews, and articles by prominent artists and scholars. In 2012, the Casement Fund, Ltd. encouraged co-founders Martha Guth and Erika Switzer to expand their vision and curate an art song recital series based in New York City. In 2015, Sparks received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and grew to include the songSLAM competition and a commissioning program. Since 2018, the songSLAM FESTIVAL and Art Song Magazine are actively engaging in current conversations through insightful publishing, programming, and commissioning.

Sparks & Wiry Cries’ activities include:

  • presentation of the songSLAM festival in NYC

  • creation and co-production of songSLAM competitions for emerging composers and performers around the world

  • commission and premiere of new works

  • publication of the Art Song Magazine

Sparks & Wiry Cries is a registered 501(c) (3): ‘The Art Song Magazine Inc.’

OUR STAFF

Lucy Fitz Gibbon, editor
Michael Hofmann, design

SPARKS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Paul Sperry, Chair
Kayo Iwama, Treasurer
Marcella Calabi
Peggy Daniel
Margo Garrett
Matthew Principe
David Williams

SPARKS ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD

Scholar Benjamin Binder
Composer Tom Cipullo
Lyricist Mark Campbell
Pianist Kathleen Kelly
Composer Gilda Lyons
Soprano Karen Slack
Composer Scott Wheeler
Scholar Susan Youens