If There Were Water
Our newest CD, available at The Crossing @ Christmas

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A new recording of world premieres addressing a foreground topic of our national discourse: diaspora.  If There Were Water is a testament to the expressive range of the human voice. These two strikingly diverse, yet equally compelling unaccompanied compositions were commissioned for last June's  Month of Moderns. Drawing from literary and historic sources, the works are highly personal reflections that speak with clarity to contemporary concerns of displacement, while weaving together past and present.  

In  Crossings Cycle, Greek composer  Stratis Minakakis creates a visceral musical response to his own experience of observing Syrian refugees on the Isle of Lesbos. An elegy on things irretrievably lost, Crossings Cycle draws on Ancient Greek literature, Eliot's  The Waste Land, and microtonal tuning practices to convey a deeply resonant expression of the human condition.  Sounds emerge and disappear from the shadows, often erupting as great cries or crashing waves that disintegrate again into murmurs.

un/bodying/s by composer  Gregory W. Brown explores the history of the displaced populations of Quabbin, the Swift River Valley in Western Massachusetts, including the Native Americans moved by incoming Europeans, and then those Europeans relocated by the State when creating the massive reservoir that supplies Boston with water. Gregory and librettist  Todd Hearon tell these stories from a variety of perspectives, including the history of the wildlife that, like the human refugees, have fled and since returned to this troubled land. The music undulates as if at times floating on water, or hidden under it, or soaring above it, reflecting up.  Suddenly a New England hymn will emerge, then be replaced with a more distant, elusive texture, as the eternal search for Atlantis continues.

Come. Joy. Now.

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A flock of birds flies over a country road. From above, one sees the birds against the road, their shadow against the snow. They too, like us, long to complete their journey home.

--17/18 Season: The Cattle of the Sun

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The Fifth Century: 
Grammy-nominated for 2018 Best Choral Performance

Our second Grammy-nominated CD, Gavin Bryars' 
The Fifth Century, is an ambitious work for choir and saxophone quartet that sets text from 17th-century English poet and theologian Thomas Traherne's 
Centuries of Meditations.  Premiered with PRISM Quartet in 2014, the album was named one of The Top 10 Classical Recordings by The Chicago Tribune in 2016. The Fifth Century is released on the ECM New Series and marks the first full ECM album from Gavin in decades.

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