Jacob Cooper: “Unspun” from Silver Threads

Written by Christopher Cerrone


November 9, 2016

Jacob Cooper is a fellow member of Sleeping Giant, my composers’ collective. I was really hoping to get his music on the show, but alas nothing quite fit. So I’m featuring this really beautiful song of his. Unlike Bon Iver, the voice is not transformed. Instead a lost sample of La bohème is transformed into a pulsing and repeated chord. The text itself is beautiful (by Dora Malech) and was commissioned by Cooper in a reaction to a poem by Basho—unifying the entire song cycle.

“Unspun” by Jacob Cooper from Silver Threads

Read more about the song and its construction here.

Get the album here from Nonesuch.

Christopher Cerrone

Winner of a 2015 Rome Prize and a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize, the Brooklyn-based composer Christopher Cerrone is internationally acclaimed for compositions characterized by a subtle handling of timbre and resonance, a deep literary fluency, and a flair for multimedia collaborations. Hailed as “a rising star” by The New Yorker, his opera Invisible Cities, based on Italo Calvino’s classic novel was praised by The Los Angeles Times as “a delicate and beautiful opera…[which] could be, and should be, done anywhere.”

Join NYFOS and Cerrone for NYFOS Next: Christopher Cerrone & Friends on December 8 at National Sawdust.


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