GRAMMY award-winning new music choir The Crossing, led by Donald Nally, today released a new 13-minute film Obligations, recorded at home by the artists in isolation. In-house sound designer Paul Vazquez worked with composer Paul Fowler to overlay over 300 sound files and texts by poet Oglala Lakota Layli Long Soldier to bring Fowler’s transparent chamber score to life for 24 individual voices. Obligations completes a trilogy of pandemic-time collaborations with filmmaker Brett Snodgrass and serves as a transition between the works produced in isolation and the return of live singing as The Crossing prepares for The Month of the Moderns 2021, June 3 to June 19 – all in person outside of Pennsylvania.
Of his film, Snodgrass writes: “It’s about healing. The main metaphor is above and below, heaven and earth, struggle and transcendence, shown in the dark horizon, the X-shape. or the mirrored triangles (symbols of earth / sky and home) and the braided hair that unfolds, which extends to other forms of suffering.The entire room is inhabited by the gold color of morning: new beginning, new day. It begins with a reference to a creation story and ends with a prairie pasque flower, the first flower of spring, and at the beginning and end is an elementary figure whose story has yet to be told. “The new work is dedicated to the father of filmmaker Brett Snodgrass and the mother of sound designer Paul Vazquez, both of whom died while making Bonds.
This is the fourth work by composer Paul Fowler written for The Crossing. Previous commissions include Breath, appearing on the ensemble’s debut solo album, It is Time; Echoes, for the high-pitched album that I want to live; and First Pink, a memorial to co-founder Jeff Dinsmore.
Bonds is the tenth and final film in the 2020-2021 season of The Crossing, which also featured Ayanna Woods’ Shift; Nicholas Cline, she took his hands; Robert Maggio’s democracy; Stateless by David Lang, protect yourself from infection and nature; “One Day I Saw” by Michael Gordon from Anonymous Man; Donald Nally and Kevin Vondrak’s Forest; and You can Plan on Me by Donald Nally. Bonds is supported by a donation from Carol Westfall.
Poet Oglala Lakota Layli Long Soldier is a writer, feminist, artist and activist. She is the author of WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017), which won the 2018 PEN / Jean Stein Book Award and was shortlisted for the National Book Award. Layli received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and a Whiting Writers’ Award.
Composer and singer Paul Fowler is based in Boulder, Colorado, where he teaches at Naropa University. His works have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, National Concert Hall in Taiwan, and Suntory Hall in Japan, among others, and have been shown at Music from Angel Fire, Borealis Festival in Norway, MATA Festival and at the Belgian International Marimba Festival. .
Filmmaker Brett Snodgrass has thirty years of experience designing for a wide range of genres: film and television, theater, opera, industrial theater and video presentations, commercials, photo editorials, stop motion and puppet presentations, and architectural installations. . His work has been seen on Showtime, Amazon, PBS, Cartoon Network, on Disney Digital Media, on the pages of Playboy, on HBO, on stages from New York to Chicago to Branson, Missouri and at film festivals in across the country.
The Crossing sound designer Paul Vazquez is a veteran of outdoor recording, recording regularly for artists of all genres. Labels include Sony, Glassnote, Windup, Innova, Navona and New Focus, recording in venues from New York to Washington DC in Bozeman, MT – including Bowery Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, Mercury Lounge, Highline Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg , National Cathedral, 9:30 am Club and more. Paul has designed and produced several Grammy-nominated and winning records, including Zealot Canticles from The Crossing.
About The Crossing
The Crossing is a GRAMMY award-winning professional chamber choir, conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. He is committed to working with creative teams to create and record substantial new choral works that explore and expand ways of choral writing, choral singing and listening to choral music. Many of his approximately 120 first commissioned studies address social, environmental and political issues.
The Crossing collaborates with some of the world’s most accomplished ensembles and artists, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, Network for New Music, Lyric Fest, Piffaro, Beth Morrison Projects, Allora & Calzadilla, Bang on a Can, Klockriketeatern and the Contemporary International Ensemble. Likewise, The Crossing often collaborates with some of the world’s most prestigious venues and presenters, such as the Park Avenue Armory, the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, National Sawdust, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln. Center, Disney Hall in Los Angeles. , the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Menil Collection in Houston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Haarlem Choral Biennale in the Netherlands, the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Philadelphia Museum of Art , the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space in New York, Winter Garden with WNYC and Duke, Northwestern, Colgate and Notre Dame universities. The Crossing holds an annual residency at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana.
Keen to record its commissions, The Crossing has released 24 releases, receiving two GRAMMY Awards for Best Choral Performance (2018, 2019) and six GRAMMY nominations. The Crossing, along with Donald Nally, was the 2017 American Composers Forum New Music Champion. They received the 2015 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, three ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and the Dale Warland Commission of Singers Award from Chorus America.
Recently, The Crossing extended its choral presentation to film, working with Four / Ten Media, in-house sound designer Paul Vazquez of Digital Mission Audio Services, visual artists Brett Snodgrass and Steven Bradshaw, and composers David Lang, Michael Gordon and Paul Fowler on live and animated versions of new and existing works. Lang protects you from infection and nature and Paul Fowler’s Bonds, based on a poem by Layli Long Soldier, were specifically created to meet the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Crossing’s daily pandemic response series, Rising w / The Crossing, a series of 72 past concerts with notes by Donald Nally, has been archived by the Library of Congress as “an important part of the collection and archives. historical â.
The Crossing is represented by Alliance Artist Management. All of his concerts are broadcast on WRTI, Philadelphia’s Jazz and Classical Public Radio. Find out more at www.crossingchoir.org.
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