The austere and direct expression here is the secret of the piece's power. It leaves the listener moved, by its occasion, and also wanting, compellingly, to hear the larger piece from which it is drawn.
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On Sunday, April 19, 2015, my piece "Rise" was premiered in Washington, DC. A collaboration with the poet Tameka Cage Conley, the work bears witness to our country's fraught civil rights journey from Selma to Ferguson and beyond. The morning of the performance, a young Black man named Freddie Gray died of severe injuries sustained while in Baltimore Police custody.
This track is the Invocation that opens "Rise." The same music returns in the fifth movement, called for by Dr. Cage Conley's words: "A horn tells us, / a brother has fallen, again..." I share it here as a lament, a prayer, and a call to action, for Freddie Gray and for Baltimore.
released May 4, 2015
Flugelhorn: Chris Shiley
Piano: Judah Adashi
Engineer/mixer: Ed Tetreault
Cover art: Rafaela Dreisin
Recorded April 2015 at the Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD