Seven Storey Mountain Song Cycle
By Nate Wooley
Seven Storey Mountain is a series of works informed by the work of the American mystic poet and prose writer Thomas Merton. The pieces work to attain a feeling of pure ecstaticism unrelated to ritual or tradition, religious or otherwise. Each piece is based on a pre-recorded tape score which is altered and expanded from one iteration to the next, and is performed by an expanding cast of musicians from vastly different musical worlds: new music, jazz, noise, punk rock, electro/acoustic. The group works in concert to “make the walls vibrate”.