Orchard Circle: a new music concert series
This is the website for Orchard Circle, a new contemporary music series initiated by Currier focusing on the "middle ground" of new music. Its first season includes seven concerts in New York City and Philadelphia, featuring principals from the Berlin Philharmonic, the Dover Quartet and others.
Collected Currier at Huffington Post
Currier has written on methane-related topics, but also on other near-term climate concerns and occasional cultural questions, for the Huffington Post. The pieces contain copious links to articles from leading scientists. Links to some of the individual pieces can also be found below.
1250: a climate group focused on near-term climate
This is the website for 1250, a small climate group initiated by Nathan Currier with members like renowned sea-ice scientist Peter Wadhams, and Stephen Salter, inventor of modern wave energy. Given the lack of progress with CO2 reductions, 1250 proposes a variety of actions for helping to attenuate near-term climate risk, including an interim target of atmospheric methane at 1250 parts per billion; a set of arctic remediation efforts; and other reductions of short-lived climate forcers. In 2013, Currier held a series of meetings with Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) and his staff, concerning methane reduction strategies.
Chimeras and Consciousness: Evolution of the Sensory Self at MIT Press
Nathan Currier co-authored a chapter of this book with Paul Lowman - one of the longest-serving members of NASA, the first geologist hired by them, the initiator of their Landsat imagery program, and one of the earliest founders of comparative planetology. Their chapter concerns Gaia theory and life's impact on terrestrial plate tectonics. A direct link to the Lowman-Currier chapter, Life's Tectonics, is below. The chapter, since it is concerned with Gaia theory, is somewhat removed from the main thesis of Margulis' book, concerning the evolution of consciousness: therefore, Currier felt that his real contributions to the main thesis of Chimeras and Consciousness were his compositions Possum Wakes from Playing Dead (see right) and Dorothy's Dinner (still unperformed), both composed around the time that the book was conceived and written.
Research article:Classical Music in the Anthropocene
This is a new scholarly article published in the Ecomusicology Newsletter, April, 2014.
Looming Atmospheres excerpt: A collaboration with artist Suzan Woodruff
This is the opening from a "moving painting" collaboration between Nathan Currier and artist Suzan Woodruff. The music is the theme from Nathan Currier's oratorio, Gaian Variations, which was written before the rest of the oratorio, and originally titled Hymn to Rosa Valado's Dying Earth. Woodruff was filmed while working on a single painting, Visitation, and Currier then did the film editing and "choreography" of the motion to his own music.
Life's Tectonics, Lowman and Currier, 2011, Margulis, ed., MIT Press
When NASA celebrated 50 years of their exobiology program, James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis were the keynote speakers, and a passage from the Lowman-Currier paper was read by Margulis at the keynote speech.
A Gaia theory education center
This is the learning center of the Gaian Variations site, containing a large number of web pages that provide the most complete online introduction to the Gaia theory of James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis.
From the Grotto, Mvt. 1
From the Grotto, Mvt. 1: Theory of the Enlightenment (from afar), excerpt
Performed by Currier, this is an excerpt from the first movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, and suggesting the roots in the Enlightenment of both our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature. From the New World Records recording.
Hildegard Symphony Mvt 1, excerpt
Hildegard's Symphony, Nathan Currier, Mvt. 1 (excerpt)
Symphony by Nathan Currier premiered in 2012 by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, with Marie-Pierre Langlamet as harp soloist, conducted by Cesar Ivan Lara. This is the opening of the forty minute symphony. The first movement is Of Moisture and Greenness. More excerpts will be put up as they are edited.
Grotto, Mvt. 3
From the Grotto, Mvt. 3: On the loss of Family and Related Species (via K. 310)
Performed by Currier, this is the third movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, and suggesting the the roots in the Enlightenment of our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature. From the New World Records recording.
Gaian Variations website
Gaia Theory - the idea the our planet self-regulates, somewhat like a single superorganism - is the focus of Currier's largest composition, and of particular importance in his life and work. This website is devoted to it and to the terminated premiere of Gaian Variations, a controversial event that sparked a lawsuit. Further, this site contains a large educational section that serves as an excellent introduction to Gaia theory, separately linked below as the "education center." While this site is currently an archival site only and remains unchanged since the 2004 concert, it will become live again as soon as the ongoing litigation is resolved.
Grotto Mvt. 5, excerpt
From the Grotto, Mvt. 5: Dirty Humor (or Living with Pollution), excerpt
Performed by Currier, this is an excerpt from the last movement of his piano sonata, subtitled A Sonata for Mozart's Secret Society, suggesting the roots in the Enlightenment of our understanding and misunderstanding of Nature. From the New World Records recording.
possum wakes from playing dead
Possum Wakes from Playing Dead: A Berlin Philharmonic commission
This piece for cello and harp was premiered in Berlin by Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Matias de Oliviera Pinto in 2008, and here the opening is realized as a brief film sequence. The full piece can be heard at Currier's composer website above. The work fits in well with the material behind Chimeras and Consciousness, which can be read about at left, at the MIT Press website, and which explores the emergence of the collective sensory system of life and the evolution of consciousness.