The Dreams of a Sleeping World - Digital Download

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The Dreams of a Sleeping World - Digital Download

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For woodwind soloist with choir, orchestra, and organ, this hour-long work by Chad Cannon explores ten paintings from the fantastical world of Japanese-Brazilian artist Oscar Oiwa. Nine of the paintings are paired with poems from Tibet/China, Nepal, Vietnam, Japan, India/Bangladesh, and the USA, most of which are reflections on calamities (war, natural disaster, political upheaval, environmental destruction, etc.) experienced by the authors themselves. Recorded by the Hollywood Studio Symphony with conductor Vladimir Kulenovic in Los Angeles, with Grammy-winning recording engineer Matthew Snyder, this album features LA Philharmonic clarinetist Andrew Lowy, Hollywood studio legendary woodwind soloist Chris Bleth, bass clarinetist Phil O'Connor, and tenor soloist James Onstad. The symphony choir was recorded in Salt Lake City under conductor Benjamin Salisbury. 

Poets include Gyalpo Tsering (Tibet/China), Rabindranath Tagore (India/Bangladesh), Brian Turner (USA), Martha Serpas (USA), Yuyutsu Sharma (Nepal/India), Sam Sai Hkam (Kachin, Myanmar), Wago Ryoichi (Japan, with translation by Jeffrey Angles), Thich Nhat Hanh (Vietnam), and William Stafford (USA). 

The following is the composer's note, included in the liner notes for the album: 

The Dreams of a Sleeping World is, more than anything, an ode to human suffering. Inspired by ten paintings from Japanese-Brazilian artist Oscar Oiwa, the piece explores an array of catastrophes through the linguistic lens of poets who experienced these events firsthand. By juxtaposing this variety of sources, we see how connected our world is – icebergs melting into oceans are not disconnected from melting glaciers in the Himalayas.

Liner notes and album artwork / poetry are included with purchase!

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