Spokes of Venus (Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano & fixed media)



Megan Ihnen is a “new music force of nature.” Her performances thrive on elaborate sound worlds and fully-developed dramatic interpretations. A gifted narrative and non-narrative musical storyteller, Megan’s performance work explores the depths of memory, nostalgia, the perception of time, and complex relationships. Passionate about contemporary chamber music and opera, Megan has worked with individuals and ensembles around the globe including: International Contemporary Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, Rhymes With Opera, and Synchromy. She is deeply committed to the belief that new music should be performed and loved in communities of all sizes. She has recently traveled to and performed on SPLICE Festival, Oh My Ears, ÆPEX Contemporary Performance, Detroit New Music “Strange Beautiful Music Marathon”, Omaha Under the Radar Festival, Works and Process at the Guggenheim Series, and New Music Gathering. Her voice and saxophone duo Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present… has traveled to twenty four cities in the US since 2017.


Joseph Dangerfield has lived and worked professionally in Italy, Germany, Russia, China, Holland, and New York. He is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Aaron Copland Award, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s Composition Prize, the Henry and Parker Pelzer Prize for Excellence in Composition), the Young, and Emerging Composers Award. He was a Fulbright Scholar to the Russian Federation and the Netherlands, where he served as composer-in-residence with the Ensemble Studio New Music at the famed Moscow Conservatory, and lectured at Maastricht Conservatorium. He has been a resident in the Leighton Studios of the prestigious Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, and the Yaddo Colony in New York. Recordings of his works are available on the Albany Records label, and his music is published by American Concert Editions. 

Originally trained as a pianist, Dangerfield is also active as a performer and conductor throughout the United States. He has conducted various concerts (chamber and orchestral) of music, both new and from the canon in New York, Vienna, Prague, and others, and has served on the faculty of West Virginia University, the University of Florida, and McNeese State University, and Coe College. He currently resides in West Virginia, with his wife, Ami, and their three children. 


Spokes of Venus* - Joseph Dangerfield
Recorded at home in Chicago, IL, June 2020
Megan Ihnen, mezzo-soprano
Jillian Dangerfield, additional voices
Mastered by Joseph Dangerfield
Property of the Shelter Recordings, American Composers Alliance

*Editor's note: Listing left unlinked, as this work is meant to exist only in its current form.