Con Vivo Music is celebrating Earth Day weekend with a unique performance of “Not Less Than the Good”, a 60-minute musical sunrise and celebration of morning as embraced by Henry David Thoreau in “Walden”. The music combines meditative saxophones, ambient synthesizers, narration of Thoreau’s “Walden”, and field recordings from a morning at Walden Pond. “Not Less Than the Good” is composed for the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth (July 12, 2017).
“Not Less Than the Good” simulates a sunrise by combining the meditative playing of the saxophone quartet with ambient synthesizers. The music grows from a single quiet note, adding notes and timbres, growing in fullness and depth. Underneath this are sounds recorded during the pre-dawn and early morning hours at Walden Pond: a chorus of insects, the lone song of dawn’s first bird which is joined by others in a raucous counterpoint, and the splashing of morning swimmers. The hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from “Walden”, selected as a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment and performed by poet J. D. McClatchy.
FREE, all ages welcome
Sunday, April 23, 6-7pm
The Barrow Mansion – 83 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ
Not Less Than the Good, composed by David Morneau
New Thread Quartet (saxophones), David Morneau (synthesizer), pre-recorded narration by poet J.D. McClatchy, and field recordings from Walden Pond.
Sponsored by The Barrow Mansion Development Corporation.
Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Season is sponsored by SILVERMAN.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.