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We’re Hard At Work on our Album!
The SOB is hard at work on its album, and we can’t wait to share the final product with you.
We’ve recorded everything, with our most recent final session with vocalist Mellissa Hughes for Jacob Cooper’s piece at Oktaven Audio concluding in the months past. But the largest bulk of the work we have left comes now, when we spend the next months in Oktaven with Ryan Streber mixing the tracks and fine-tuning every aspect of each work – like making sure the electronic organ in Jacob Cooper’s piece is perfect, getting the sound and balance between singers and orchestra perfect, and creating a vastly detailed sound world that each of our featured pieces illicit. We’ve already begun this process and we can’t wait to post updates of the detail work we do on each track as it goes along. Like this work we’ve done for Chris Cerrone’s High Windows so far. Excerpts and more to come!
Partnering with living composers is a core value of the String Orchestra of Brooklyn – we recognize that the best way to strengthen ties within a community and among audiences is to program, record, and advocate for works by people within those same communities and audiences. It’s in this spirit that we’re thrilled to release our debut album, afterimage in 2017.
The featured works on AfterImage are Christopher Cerrone’s High Windows (commissioned by the SOB in 2013, dur. 15:00), for string orchestra and the Argus string quartet, alongside Jacob Cooper’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa (dur. 29:00), for string orchestra, electronics, featuring Kate Maroney, mezzo-soprano, and Mellissa Hughes, soprano. There are 2 companion pieces on the album, treated as short introductions to each main piece. The first is the companion piece to Chris Cerrone’s High Windows: Paganini’s Caprice in G minor, Opus 1, No. 6 for solo violin (dur. 4:33), performed by violinist Rachel Lee Priday. It is the musical kernel on which Cerrone’s piece is based. The second is the first movement of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater (dur. 4:30), from which Jacob Cooper’s Stabat Mater Dolorosa is derived. Including these preexisting works is a curatorial choice we and the composers believe will invite listeners to engage more curiously with the featured new works.
This inaugural album is a hugely exciting and ambitious goal that we’ve been working towards for over 3 years. Through this album, we seek to be a model to our field; if an orchestra with extremely modest resources like ours can successfully release a high-quality album featuring exciting composers of our time, so too can others.
Deepest thanks for reading!
The editing and mixing for this piece is still heavily underway as of January 2017, not complete enough to submit here. As a result, this excerpt features the String Orchestra of Brooklyn performing the work live with Kate Maroney. This climactic moment in the work features extremely slowed down vibrato and microtonal relationships that will (and do) sound gorgeous on a recording.
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Brooklyn, New York