CCftA Black Inscription

Carla Kihlstedt is the writer, vocalist and violinist for “Black Inscription,” a multimedia song cycle that will be performed at the Cotuit Center for the Arts.

Cotuit Center for the Arts will present the Cape Cod premiere of the song cycle, “Black Inscription,” from September 12 through 15. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PM.

In “Black Inscription,” a free diver, inspired by real-life free diver Natalia Molchanova, who disappeared off the coast of Spain in 2015, descends into the depths of the ocean, never to resurface. As her terrestrial ties dissolve, she embarks upon an Odyssean journey in which she encounters an undersea world both awe-inspiring and devastating.

“Black Inscription,” written by Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi and Jeremy Flower, and directed by Ms. Kihlstedt and Mark DeChiazza, is an immersive multimedia song cycle with musical roots in rock, contemporary classical and pop music. The story is augmented by spoken text, sound design and video imagery meant to pull the audience into the darkness and luminescence of the sea. Incorporating some of Ms. Molchanova’s own poetry about diving, the songs depict Ms. Molchanova’s emotional transformation as she descends below the surface.

Written with guidance from marine biologists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, “Black Inscription” will be brought to life by a seven-piece band fronted by three singers.

The term “black inscription” is Rachel Carson’s description of the universal line of microplants that live wherever the sea touches the rocky shoreline.

The “Black Inscription” band augments Cape Cod-based group Rabbit Rabbit Radio: Carla Kihlstedt on vocals and violin, Matthias Bossi on drums and vocals, Jeremy Flower on guitar, keyboard, electronics, and vocals, and Jon Evans on guitar along with three other musicians: Melissa Weikart on vocals and keyboard, Ariel Parkington on vocals and viola, and George Ban-Weiss on bass. Lyrics are by Ms. Kihlstedt and Ms. Molchanova.

Ticket are $30, $25 for balcony seating. There is a $5 discount for members and a $2 discount for seniors and veterans. To purchase tickets visit or call 508-428-0669.

The Center is at 4404 Route 28 in Cotuit.

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