John Holiday’s ‘After / Glow’ Arrives on Helio Arts

By David Salazar

Countertenor John Holiday has released “After/Glow,” a visual album reimagining Schumann’s “Dichterliebe.”

Holiday not only sings, but also plays the piano in the video, which was directed by baritone and filmmaker Ryan McKinny.

“When John Holiday mentioned to me that he was looking at the ridiculously difficult task of both singing and playing Schumann’s ‘Dichterliebe,’ I immediately knew we had to make it into a film. But not wanting to leave poor Heinrich Heine and Robert Schumann to do all the heavy lifting, I asked Marc Bamuthi Joseph to write new poems, inspired by the originals,” McKinny said in an official press statement. “A story of love and sex, despair and death started to form, and the end result takes Schumann’s beauty, Heine’s romanticism, Bamuthi’s visceral sensuality, Eboni Adams and DeMario Adams’ stunning screen presence along with John’s herculean musical performance and rolls them together into something truly special.”

“After / Glow” was sponsored by DRAX Productions and is available exclusively on Helio Arts.