Deep-Sky Objects, Currier’s song cycle exploring traditional themes of longing and lost love through the futuristic lens of outer space and the cosmos, receives its first commercial release with soprano Karol Bennett and Houston-based ensemble Musiqa.
In September 2012, Sebastian Currier’s Deep-Sky Objects song cycle—written for soprano, piano quintet, and pre-recorded electronic sounds—premiered in Houston with soprano Karol Bennett and Musiqa, which also commissioned the work. Five years later, the same musicians have recorded and released the work’s first commercial album on the New Musiq Records label as part of Musiqa’s 15th anniversary celebration.
Composed of 10 love songs, Currier’s 20-minute cycle explores themes of longing and desire between lovers who are separated by the far reaches of the galaxy. Setting poetry by Sarah Manguso that was penned specifically for this work, Currier weaves together recorded space sounds of satellites and pulsars with live acoustic performance, crafting a fantastical framework on which he hangs the exploration of the deeply human emotions surrounding obstructed love.
The work has also notably been performed at the Space Center in Houston by Bennett and Musiqa, in New York with Sharon Harms and Argento Chamber Ensemble, and at Tanglewood Festival with the Fromm Players. The Boston Globe praised Currier’s "luminous settings of evocative texts," and The New York Times described the work as a "colorfully scored piece…with attractive vocal lines and vivid contrast between angular, driven sections and those of a more introspective hue."
Founded in 2002 and led by four composers, Musiqa is dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music, and presenting interdisciplinary concerts that showcase collaborations across artistic and creative disciplines. Musiqa is a two-time winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.
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