5of4 Music, in cooperation with Composers Concordance Records, is celebrating the release of David Morneau’s Love Songs, an album of ten genre-crossing songs that combine Shakespeare’s sonnets with contemporary poetry. The celebration will feature readings of the poems from the album by their authors, as well as the opportunity to listen to selected tracks from the album.
Each song features a different poet, who was involved in the selection of the paired sonnet. The goal was to present a variety of perspectives on love, which is often the subject of songs. Love, when presented by Shakespeare in his Sonnets, is complex and multi-faceted. It has very little in common with the idea of love presented in many of the popular songs of the last century. The poetry in Love Songs is varied and subtle in its perspectives.
Love Songs features poetry by: Austin Alexis, Iris Berman, Ana Božičević, Patricia Carragon, Anne Fiero, George Held, Cindy Hochman, Roxanne Hoffman, Evie Ivy, Susan Maurer, and William Shakespeare.
Described by Molly Sheridan as a "flashing beacon" of inspiration, David Morneau is a composer of an entirely undecided genre. His music is classically constructed, experimentally motivated, and rhythmically driven. Morneau's eclectic output is best exemplified by 60x365, his "ambitious yearlong musical project" for which he composed a new one-minute composition every day. Morneau is a founding member of the electronic music duo, Elevator Machine Room, and composer-in-residence at Immigrant Breast Nest, an underground electronic music label in New York City.
Composers Concordance Records presents thematically-related recordings of modern music produced with the latest developments in studio precision. CCR is developing new concepts of what an album can be, bringing new music and new mediums together to a new level of cross- genre transcendence. Our goal is simple: good music recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.