Seascapes, the 5th studio album by Jane Antonia Cornish for string orchestra, piano and electronics. Recorded at the DiMenna Center, NYC, featuring pianist Vicky Chow (Bang on a Can All-Stars). Recorded and mixed by Dan Bora (Philip Glass Ensemble).
Commissioned by the Chelsea Music Festival, Seascapes received its World Premiere during the 2019 Chelsea Music Festival Opening Gala.
“The audience was immediately plunged into a dense sound world, mesmerizing in its intensity. Ms. Masur's piano helped create different tone colors, which also were produced by the string ensembles on the stage and in the balcony. Sensitively conducted by Ken-David Masur, the ethereal three movement work held the audience in absolute stillness at its conclusion. This was the World Premiere performance of Seascapes. May it have a long and happy life.” Broadway World.
Representing the sea has been a creative endeavour of artists for millenia; and it could be said that there are as many interpretations of the sea as there are drops in the sea itself. Jane Antonia Cornish’s Seascapes beautifully translates her profound connection to the sea into an arresting tableau of sonic wonder. Scored for piano, strings, bass guitar, and electronics the four cyclic works that comprise the album offer moments of breathtaking instrumental beauty and color. Cornish draws from themes of stillness and reflection to transport the listener into her deeply personal aesthetic where weightless melodies seem to float suspended midair above currents of crystalline harmonies. The album, through its exploration of the sea, captures the ineffable beauty of nature, revealing music of great depth and vastness. — Brett Banducci