Filmed live on April 26, 2019 by Jack Frerer & Liana Kleinman. Audio recording by Adam Pietrykowski.
From the composer:
"Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth. It is commonly found within the margins of rhyolitic lava flows known as obsidian flows. Obsidian is hard, brittle, and amorphous; it therefore fractures with very sharp edges. The formation process of this substance evokes striking images that feel eminently suitable to the sonic evolution of a piece of musical drama. Flows Obsidian deploys Contemporaneous’s instrumental forces in a setting that fuses classical chamber ensemble and metal band."
Fanny Wyrick-Flax, Flutes Vicente Alexim, Clarinets Paul Kerekes, Piano Adam Holmes, Percussion Finnegan Shanahan, Violin Sarah Elizabeth Haines, Viola Amanda Gookin, Cello Tristan Kasten-Krause, Double Bass David Bloom, Conductor