Albatross (Jennifer Beattie and Adam Marks) is a voice/piano duo exploring and expanding art song as a corner of the chamber music world and beyond. As soloists in their own right, Adam has been called “an excellent pianist” with “titanic force” by The New York Times, and Jennifer’s performance of Mahler’s das Lied von der Erde with Argento Chamber Ensemble was called one of the top 10 performances in New York City (NY Classical Review) in 2015. Together they concertize (the San Francisco Examiner called them a “smashing success”) and co-direct Artists at Albatross Reach, an artists’ colony that fosters collaborations, experiments, and boundary-breaking new works alongside active community engagement, in Gualala, CA.
Current projects for Albatross include the development of a new multi-media work by Juraj Kojs inspired by the twisted history of the Black Queen in Slovakia, and a deep dive into repertoire of all genres composed by women in the Americas. Basically, you might see them perform Brahms, then sing through tubes into the piano on the same program.
In addition to performing and curating, Albatross is committed to working with young composers and performers to develop the next generation of vocal chamber music repertoire and interpreters. As artists-in-residence at Yale, they regularly instruct the composers on text setting, and premiere new works in the Beinecke Rare Books Library. They also serve on the faculty of New Music On The Point in Vermont, and frequently give masterclasses in partnership and communication as well as performance while on tour.