Commotion – Vids

Good People!

Two exciting video updates about ‘mid the steep sky’s commotion, a work commissioned and premiered by the acclaimed Grammy-winning chamber choir The Crossing in June 2017:

First, the release of a new documentary that opens up the process, ideas, and people behind the project, featuring dreamlike imagery, fascinating interviews, and exquisite performances. The Crossing is superb, Caroline Santa’s artwork is a quiet wonder, and Ben Stamper’s filmmaking (aided by Christopher McDonald and Janelle Delia) is stunning. View here:

‘mid the steep sky’s commotion – Documentary from Joshua Stamper on Vimeo.

Next up, “fists”, the sixth movement of the piece, featuring Caroline’s interpretation of the libretto. Her mesmerizing projections create the suggestion of atmosphere, cloud, storm, and hush. During live performance, this projection unfolds over the full course of 43 minutes; here, the sequences are sped up 550%, 750%, and 1000%. Recommended if you like “Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo”.

VI. fists – ‘mid the steep sky’s commotion by Joshua Stamper from Joshua Stamper on Vimeo.

The libretto for “fists” (Texts harvested from South Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA – March 24, 2017. Spine – Proverbs 30:4)

VI. fists - cropped

To learn a whole lot more about the project, visit The Crossing here.

And if you’re interested in my other projects, go here.

As always, thank you, dear friends, for your support of my work. The world is a wonder.

‘mid the steep sky’s commotion

MoM 2017 Poster

Beautiful Folk,

It’s been a while since you’ve heard about any new music from me – but rest assured, I’ve been very hard at work, and now I’m thrilled to announce ‘mid the steep sky’s commotion, a new piece composed for the acclaimed Grammy-nominated choir The Crossing (they’re amazing, truly), in collaboration with visual artist Caroline Santa (also amazing). The Crossing will premiere the work on June 11, 2017 as the first concert of their 2017 Month of Moderns, in the Crane Arts Icebox in Philadelphia, PA. The work explores the enigmatic and impenetrable quality of wind, its singular and intimate relationship to the detritus of a city, and what this relationship suggests about language, time, and transience. Heady, but oh so cool.

Mark your calendars – this one is going to be special:

Sunday, June 11 @ 4pm

The Icebox at Crane Arts
1400 N. American St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Get your tickets here!

And stay tuned: over this next week, I’ll be sharing a bit about my process in writing the piece, with images and sounds, poems and musings.

Finally, if you’d like to learn more and contribute towards the work, go here.

Thanks, dear friends, and see you on June 11th!