A collaboration with artist Katherine Doyle, I Saw How Fragile and Infinitely Precious the World Is is a work for mezzo-soprano, cello, sounds of outer space (NASA) and nature sounds from our planet, plus a visual installation.
I dedicated the composition to the late Piers John Sellers OBE, the British-American meteorologist, NASA astronaut and Director of the Earth Science Division at NASA/GSFC, and veteran of three space shuttle missions. “I Saw How Fragile and Infinitely Precious the World Is”, the only text that is sung in the work, is a quote from Piers Sellers, said as he looked at Earth from space.
Recorded in April 2017 by mezzo-soprano Theodora Hanslowe and cellist Sophie Shao, produced and engineered by Adam Abeshouse, the work will receive a live performance this summer at the Off the Hook Arts festival in Fort Collins, Colorado, in June 2018; details posted soon: : http://www.offthehookarts.org/summerfest-2017/
There will also be a conference honoring Piers Sellers as part of the festival with climate scientists from around the nation attending.