Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Matias de Oliviera Pinto perform in this excerpt. The full piece can be heard at Currier's composer site, linked below. The work can be heard as an expression of Chimeras and Consciousness (left), which explores the emergence of the collective sensory system of life, the real story of the evolution of consciousness.
This is from the first movement of Currier's piano sonata From the Grotto, which is titled Theory of the Enlightenment (from afar). From a New World Records recording.
This is from the last movement, which is titled Dirty Humor (or living with pollution).
Initially intended to be a new music series focusing on the collapsing "middle ground" of new music, it became a single intense event, held on the nightmarish evening Trump was elected president, with sixteen American composers music woven together by Currier to depict the catastrophe of our 'Weimar America.' The full website is at www.orchardcircle.com.
Gore created an internet-based event, live streamed by 8.5 million around the world, with presentations coming globally from all 24 time zones, interlaced with guest panelists. In New York,just before Gore's final presentation, a panel discusses the state of Greenland.
Premiered in 2012 by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, with Marie-Pierre Langlamet as harp soloist and conducted by Cesar Ivan Lara, this is the opening of the forty minute symphony, an excerpt of the first movement, titled Of Moisture and Greenness.
The third movement of the sonata is titled On the Loss of Family and Related Species
Shortly after the New York Times referred to Nathan Currier's Gaian Variations as 'mostly pseudoscientific,' the composer engaged in a variety of activities to increase public understanding of Earth System science. Currier served as Senior Climate Adviser and methane specialist for Public Policy Virginia. He has been a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project since its beginning. Currier has spoken on climate at United Nations headquarters, UNICEF headquarters at the United Nations, Columbia University, NYU and others.
Shortly after joining Gore's organization, Nathan Currier immersed himself in what became a primary focus - the potential for methane and other short-lived species to play a key role in controlling near-term warming and Arctic change for the coming decades. He was a guest panelist for the first of Gore's “24 Hours of Reality”, viewed by some 8 million live streaming. Starting in 2011, Nathan Currier began writing on methane and other climate concerns for the Huffington Post. He started a climate group, 1250, focused on methane and near-term climate. He was also a founding member of the London-based Arctic Methane Emergency Group, which twice presented before the UK Parliament. The score of the 'pseudoscientific' oratorio was displayed for a year at the London Museum of Science. It was in an exhibition on Lovelock and Gaia theory organized by their Climate Changing Programme. This website is devoted to showcasing the interrelationships between Nathan Currier's mixture of musical creativity and his pursuit of Nature.
This is the opening from a "moving painting" collaboration between Nathan Currier and artist Suzan Woodruff. Woodruff was filmed while working on her painting Visitation. Currier then created a film sequence and "choreographed" a key part of his Gaian Variations with it.
The sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, after Mozart's plan to start a society called the Grotto, suggests the Enlightenment roots of our current understanding, and misunderstanding, of Nature.
This is the fourth movement of the sonata, in which a minuet and a dirge sound together throughout the movement, in a complex emotional and textural counterpoint.
From a recording on the Chandos label, this is the first movement of a trio for flute, viola and harp.
In 2013, Nathan Currier had a number of meetings with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and his staff regarding methane policy. Whitehouse - among the Senators most involved in furthering U.S. climate policy, and among those who worked most closely with the Obama administration - Chaired a Senate Committee Hearing on methane emissions (Environment & Public Works, November, 2013) a few months later. Soon afterward, Obama released his administration's methane strategy paper for the President's Climate Action Plan, now largely defunct.
Currier has advocated for a broader understanding and recognition of Gaia theory, or Earth System science, as being necessary for any viable path forward in response to climate change. He co-authored Life's Tectonics with NASA scientist Paul D. Lowman (see above), which brings a 'comparative planetology' viewpoint to our planet. In particular, recent data from Mars has helped confirm its lack of Earth-style tectonics, highlighting in turn the role that water, and life, have likely played in the tectonics of our home - helping to yet again underscore how, as Vladimir Vernadsky asserted, "Life is a geological force."