Other Minds is excited to bring you a collection of new compositions about peace and war commissioned and performed by the pathbreaking American pianist Sarah Cahill. All eight selections are world premiere recordings. The project grew out of a sense of frustration and anger with the perpetuation of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The title, A Sweeter Music, comes from a line from Dr. Martin Luther King’s Nobel Lecture: “We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war.”
We would like to invite those of you in the Bay Area to a special CD release celebration at Berkeley Arts Festival on Sunday, September 22nd from 2-5pm. Sarah will perform excerpts from the release at 3pm and 4pm. Admission is as a $5 - $20 sliding scale donation - a copy of A Sweeter Music is free with any donation over $15. Tickets will be available at the door. We hope to see you there!
Eighteen composers known for their anti-war activism and strong political consciences were commissioned for the project. Out of those 18, Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, Meredith Monk, Yoko Ono, The Residents, Phil Kline, Kyle Gann, and Carl Stone appear in this release. From 2009 to 2012, Sarah took A Sweeter Music on the road for a series of performances around the US. London’s Financial Times callsA Sweeter Music “a unique commissioning programme that unites artistic aspirations with moral philosophy.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “the music, helped along by the impassioned force of Cahill’s playing, amounted to a persuasive and varied investigation of the subject.” The Village Voice wrote that the new commissioned pieces “will live as event-driven art long after this war finally ends, in the fashion of Picasso's Guernica.”
You can pre-order the release now on our webstore. Act soon - we're offering a discount for those who place their orders before the official release date of September 24th.