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releases May 21, 2021
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Digipack, beautifully designed by Timo Andres; includes program notes written by Jennifer Gersten.
Includes digital pre-order of The Arching Path.
You get 4 tracks now
(streaming via the free Bandcamp app
and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the
complete album the moment it’s released.
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
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
loneliness, people, society, and love; i am afraid
that i am not learning fast enough; i can feel the universe
and it feels like no one has ever tried hard enough; when i cried in
it was the effect of an extremely distinct sensation that ‘I am the
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’
I Will Learn To Love a Person: 4. When I Leave This Place
I Will Learn To Love a Person: 5. Are You Ok?
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.”
releases 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
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 a 2020 Grammy Award. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY....more
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The notes mention Reich and other minimalists, which makes sense, but what makes this different/new is that it isn't all set around a beat, easy to follow section breaks, or repetitive chords/lines. It really does 'drift' at times from soundscape to soundscape, more akin to, say Ligeti's micropolyphony where you can't hear all the details but everything moves and morphs together somehow. Blending in and out of electronic and acoustic , creating sounds I've never heard before - excellent! Giles