US Premiere


January 13 & 14, 2018 at National Sawdust

In Secrets, the soprano Claron McFadden and the band source hundreds of anonymous testimonies from the general public and audience members to craft a personal and intense experience. A musical and visual mosaic in which Claron McFadden, singing, whispering and laughing, merges sorrowful, mischievous and cynical passages into one another. Secrets poetically reveals how hidden thoughts link us all together. Claron McFadden and the trio give each secret its own rhythm and musicality: melancholy, restrained, heart-rending or playful.  Each individual secret has a universal dimension. The trio has for years been exploring the boundaries between chamber music, jazz and melancholically tinged tapestries of sound, eschewing neither experiment nor improvisation. In their collaboration with Claron McFadden, their delight in playing creates sparks on stage.


Produced by Muziektheater Transparant and Aventura Musica and co-produced by JazzLab Series and Operadagen Rotterdam. This project has received funding through a grant from the Netherlands-America Foundation.


Secrets is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Photos by Jill Steinberg.

Vocals Claron McFadden
Chromatic Accordion
Tuba & Trombone

Production Manager Annik Laurelle
General Manager Guy Coolen
Video & Lighting Designer Peter Quasters