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Christopher Cerrone - The Arching Path (ICR021)

by Christopher Cerrone

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it was snowing and you were kind of beautiful we were in the city and every time i looked up someone was leaning out a window, staring at me i could tell you liked me a lot or maybe even loved me but you kept walking at this strange speed you kept going in angles and it confused me i think maybe you were thinking that you'd make me disappear by walking at strange speeds and in a strange and curvy way but how would that cause me to vanish from earth? and that hurts why did you want me gone? that hurts why? why? i don’t know some things can’t be explained, i guess the sky, for example, was green that night
my favorite emotions include ‘brief calmness in good weather’ and ‘i am the only person alive’ without constant reassurance i feel terribly lonely and insane i have moved beyond meaninglessness, far beyond meaninglessness to something positive, life-affirming, and potentially best-selling i have channeled most of my anger into creating and sustaining an ‘angry face’ i have picked up a medium-size glass of coffee and used it in the conventional way because I am conventional in all situations, i’ll be right back
seen from a great enough distance i cannot be seen i feel this as an extremely distinct sensation of feeling like shit; the effect of small children is that they use declarative sentences and then look at your face with an expression that says, ‘you will never do enough for the people you love’; i can feel the universe expanding and it feels like no one is trying hard enough the effect of this is an extremely shitty sensation of being the only person alive; i have been alone for a very long time it will take an extreme person to make me feel less alone the effect of being alone for a very long time is that I have been thinking very hard and learning about existence, mortality loneliness, people, society, and love; i am afraid that i am not learning fast enough; i can feel the universe expanding and it feels like no one has ever tried hard enough; when i cried in your room it was the effect of an extremely distinct sensation that ‘I am the only person alive,’ ‘i have not learned enough,’ and ‘i can feel the universe expanding and making things be further apart and it feels like a declarative sentence whose message is that we must try harder’
the distances i have described in my poems will expand to find me but they will never find me when my head touches your head your face hits my face at the speed of light holding it a little i want to cross an enormous distance with you to learn the wisdom of lonely animals with low IQs i want to remember you as a river with a flower on it i’ll be right back
i don’t think telling someone ‘don’t feel sad’ will console them you need to do whatever you can to make them feel better whenever your actions make them feel sad and not stop until they feel better read my text message and think about it you just never seem happy with me anymore even if i make you laugh i think the damage i’ve done has become irreversible i’m surrounded by endless shit i can’t move where are you i just had a dream where i came to nyc but i didn’t tell you and i took the subway to your apartment and waited for your roommate to come out so i could sneak in then i went into your room and crawled under your sheets from the end of your bed and crawled to your face and kissed you then pet and hugged you and we fell asleep happy birthday i drew you an ugly fish comic will you visit me today? i want to hold you and kiss your face i miss walking with you at night


In a Circle Records proudly presents composer Christopher Cerrone’s latest album, "The Arching Path." A follow-up to Cerrone’s 2019 GRAMMY-nominated "The Pieces that Fall to Earth," The Arching Path is a piano-driven, electro-acoustic album of chamber music featuring pianist Timo Andres, percussionist Ian Rosenbaum, soprano Lindsay Kesselman, and clarinetist Mingzhe Wang. The warm, resonant and rhythmic music on The Arching Path is inspired by Cerrone's travels to Italy and composed between 2010 and 2016. The album was produced by longtime Cerrone collaborator, Mike Tierney, who also worked on "The Pieces that Fall to Earth."

The works on Christopher Cerrone’s "The Arching Path" examine how we metabolize place. Drawing largely from the composer’s travels, the pieces on The Arching Path comprise a sort of travelogue—not an attempt to inscribe experiences exactly as they were witnessed, but rather to chronicle their aftershocks long after we have returned home. "The Arching Path" is a virtuosic piano solo inspired by the vertiginous arcs of the Musmeci Bridge in Potenza in Southern Italy. "Double Happiness" is a electro-acoustic duet for piano and percussion featuring field recordings of the Italian countryside. "I Will Learn to Love a Person" is a set of love songs adapted from poetry by Tao Lin. The album closes with Hoyt–Schermerhorn inspired by a subway stop where Cerrone has spent many a night of his commute.

As Cerrone puts it: “This album is a collection of pieces written over the last ten years memorializing essential moments in my life, performed by some of my closest friends and collaborators. Part of the joy of the project has been creating an album that goes far beyond the replication of live performance and instead becomes a project all its own, where recording, editing, and mixing techniques are as essential to the process as composition. I’m particularly thrilled to be collaborating with In a Circle Records, who have a long history of releasing works that cross the boundaries of classical music and other genres.”


released May 21, 2021

All music composed by Christopher Cerrone

Timo Andres, piano (all tracks)
Christopher Cerrone, electronics ( tracks 4-8, track 14)
Lindsay Kesselman, soprano (tracks 9-13)
Ian Rosenbaum, percussion (tracks 4-13)
Mingzhe Wang, clarinet (9-13)

Produced & mixed by Mike Tierney
Edited by Mike Tierney & Charles Mueller
Recorded by Mike Tierney

Mastered by Alan Silverman for ARF Digital

Designed by Timo Andres
Program notes by Jennifer Gersten

All texts are from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by Tao Lin, courtesy of Melville House Publishing, LLC, USA. All texts are copyright the author used with the kind permission of their author and publishers. © 2008 All rights reserved.


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Christopher Cerrone Brooklyn, New York

Christopher Cerrone (b. 1984) has been commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, and the Cincinnati Symphony, among others and his opera Invisible Cities was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. He was nominated for 2020 and 2022 Grammy Awards. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. ... more

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