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  • richardmitnick 3:21 PM on September 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Donald Nally, , Lansing McLoskey, , The Crossing, Wole Soyinka, Zealot Canticles   

    From Innova: “Zealot Canticles By The Crossing” 

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    Zealot Canticles By The Crossing
    Release 28 September 2018

    Lansing McLoskey’s Zealot Canticles is based on Wole Soyinka’s Twelve Canticles for the Zealot (2002) – a strangely beautiful and terrifying look into the minds of fanatics. Seven of these poems form the bulk of the libretto, interwoven with excerpts from Soyinka’s plays, interviews, lectures, and speeches; they reflect his upbringing in an environment of tolerance and condemn the current climate of intolerance, bigotry, and violence. The result is a concert-length choral ‘oratorio’ for clarinet, string quartet, and 24-voice choir, commissioned and performed by The Crossing, conducted by Donald Nally and winner of the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance.

    Soyinka’s texts and McLoskey’s responses are universal pleas for peace and tolerance, yet they force us to look into the mirror and recognize the thin line between devotion and intolerance, zealotry and radicalism – themes that dominate our public discourse every day.

    Wole Soyinka (b. 1934) is a Nigerian poet, playwright, novelist, and recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first African recipient of the award. Throughout the set of canticles, Soyinka makes universal pleas for peace from multiple languages and religious cultures. Seven of these poems form the core of the libretto of Zealot Canticles. Interwoven with these poems are excerpts from Soyinka’s book The Man Died, his play Madmen and Specialists, and interviews, lectures, and speeches reflecting on his upbringing in an environment of tolerance, and condemning the current climate of intolerance, bigotry, and violence.

    Of the work, McLoskey says, “From the opening poem I couldn’t help but reflect upon the parallels between the delirium of the religious fanatic and the delirium of Soyinka himself during hunger fasts. Self-deprivation and hallucinations are not the sole prerogatives of the unjustly imprisoned, after all, but also common among zealots of another sort. Soyinka’s own renunciations of self, ‘I need nothing…I feel nothing… I desire nothing,’ are renunciations and exhortations echoed in ultra-devotees from Buddhist monks and Hindu ascetics to Christian hermits and the Taliban. Is there then not a thin line between extreme devotion – zealotry – and radicalism? And that line is both personal and public. The words of Wole Soyinka are not just generalizations or universal in nature, but specifically about us. Right here, right now.”

    Lansing McLoskey came to the world of composition via a somewhat unorthodox route. The proverbial “Three B’s” for him were not Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but rather The Beatles, Bauhaus and Black Flag. His first experiences at writing music were not exercises in counterpoint, but as the guitarist and songwriter for punk rock bands in San Francisco in the early 1980’s.

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  • richardmitnick 5:48 PM on March 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From INNOVA: The Crossing 

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    If There Were Water
    Gregory W. Brown: The Valley of Lost Names
    Description: Displacement in our time
    Composers: Stratis Minakakais, Gregory W. Brown
    Performers: The Crossing Donald Nally
    Catalog Number: #998
    Genre: experimental new classical
    Collection: choral
    Grammy nominated
    Release Date:
    Feb 23, 2018

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    Seven Responses
    Description: An exercise in re-membrance
    Composers: Caroline Shaw, Hans Thomalia, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, David T. Little, Santa Radniece,Lewis Spratlan
    Performers: The Crossing International Contemporary Ensemble Donald Nally
    Catalog Number: #912
    Genre: new classical
    Collection: choral


    Song Title
    1.To the Hands: No. 1, Prelude (Wordless) 02:11
    2.To the Hands: No. 2, In Medio 02:59
    3.To the Hands: No. 3, Her Beacon-Hand Beckons 03:40
    4.To the Hands: No. 4, Ever Ever Ever 03:10
    5.To the Hands: No. 5, Litany of the Displaced 03:00
    6.To the Hands: No. 6, I Will Hold You 03:09
    7.I Come Near You 13:51
    8.Ad Cor: No. 1, Wound 03:56
    9.Ad Cor: No. 2, Joy 02:29
    10.Ad Cor: No. 3, I Laugh at You Mockingly 02:03
    11.Ad Cor: No. 4, Wound – Joy – I Laugh at You 04:32
    12.Ad Genua 10:04
    13.Dress in Magic Amulets, Dark, from My Feet 14:33
    14.My Soul Will Sink within Me 16:46
    15.Common Ground: Prologue 02:50
    16.Common Ground: Scene 1 03:44
    17.Common Ground: Scene 2 06:56
    18.Common Ground: Scene 3 05:46
    Catalog Number: #912
    Release Date: Feb 3, 2017

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