I am thrilled to announce my new collaboration with Tony Silvestri: peacebomb.
peacebomb has been inspired by the story of the Laotian families who once made spoons from the metal of unexploded ordnance (UXO), and now make jewelry from these bombs. As I learned more about this powerful story, I felt it deep in my heart. I wanted more than ever to tell this story through song.
A long held wish of mine has been to work with Tony, and how humbling it’s been to learn that Tony has wanted to work with me!
peacebomb | 2021-2022
number of choirs | 20, up to 50, one choir per state, state premieres exclusive for the 2019-2020 season
price | 600
lyrics | by Charles Anthony Silvestri
style | Aleatoric and distant opening; Haunting middle; Bold and Exclamatory ending. For Midi Midi Realization (cello part, percussion still to be complete): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj99VDtldTA
accompaniment | piano + cello + percussion
voicing | SATB divisi
difficulty | medium-advanced
length | 11 minutes
receive | reproducible PDF of score and 2 Skypehearsal sessions; choir printed on inside cover of score
scores ready | September 17, 2021 (preview possible at any time)
exclusive window for State Premieres | 9 months (through September of 2021)
fee | $600 (+ consortio.io platform fee, which is 7%). Due by 9/17/21.
* 10% of each commission fee will be donated to MAG, to continue the clearing of UXO in Laos villages and the countryside
Bomb. Mine. Shell. Bullet.
An orgy of ordnance.
Fields sown with seeds of death,
A dark harvest
Pieces of another time,
Stories of shattered lives
Told in shards,
In fragments of a forgotten war;
But we must not forget.
For peace too can be waged,
With targeted trust,
Strategic acts of love,
And incendiary transformation!
These shards become the seeds of peace;
The harvest is dignity, is memory,
Let peace rain down like bombs,
And watch the earth explode with beauty!