Confound Atlas

by Sam Torres

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Tekiah 11:52
Soft Voices 02:48
Canticle 09:07


A concert of premieres. About the pieces:

Confound Atlas: the mythical Atlas confused by such a small, inconsequential, yet recurring moment.

Tekiah: inspired by the sounds of the Shofar, a ram's horn traditionally blown at the Jewish New Year to awaken us into the year to come.

Soft Voices: a song about lingering beauty, with text by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The Searcher of All Hearts: 12 voices singing about the death of innocence and the need for reconciliation. Dedicated to all who are lost before their appointed times. The text is taken from an appeal to her death sentence by Mary Eastick, a woman convicted of using witchcraft during the Salem with trials in 1692.

Confound Atlas: (again).

Improvisations: as is.

Meditation: close your eyes.

Recorded live in the Ades Performance Space at Manhattan School of Music on November 1st, 2015.


released November 20, 2015

Thanks to all the performers:

Confound Atlas: Noemi Gasparini, violin
Tekiah: Sophia Subbayya Vastek, piano
Soft Voices: Allie Altieri, voice; Sophia Subbayya Vastek, piano
The Searcher of All Hearts: Sarah Cat Schultz, Stephanie Christian, Allie Altieri, Jamie Leidwinger, Joanna Mielezsko, Anthony Constantino, Sean Daley, Joe Tancredi, Woody Howard, Ben Yee-Paulson, Marshall Morrow: voices
Improvisations: Steven Long, piano; Matt Simon, guitar and electronics; Sam Torres, saxophone and electronics
Meditation: Sam Torres, saxophone and electronics

Thanks to Manhattan School of Music Production and Recording Departments for making this performance and recording possible.

Thanks to Tayla Nebesky for photography and videography, including the album cover photo.


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Sam Torres is a musician and audio engineer based in Troy, New York.

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