National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and cellist Jan Vogler collaborate on a unique performance of Gorman’s poem, ’What We Carry,’ set to Vogler’s performance of  Bach’s Prelude from Suite for Violoncello no.1 in G Major, BWV 1007.

The appearance follows the duo’s recent performance at Carnegie Hall on 17 February 2024.

’[Amanda] is an amazing performer!,’ Vogler told The Strad in a recent interview. ’There’s an enthusiasm in her voice and excitement for her ideas and vision. In terms of content, she is ahead of our time and her work answers key questions we all think about.

’It gives me hope that there are young people like Amanda, who are seeing a better world, beyond the realities that make it sometimes hard to dream!’

Gorman’s latest book, Call Us What We Carry, is available now and Vogler’s album, Bach: The Cello Suites, is available to stream here:

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