Shawn Kirchner - "Eye for Eye"
I was alerted to this composer after watching footage of yesterday's "National School Walk Out" where children, fed up with being the victims of gun violence, walked out of classrooms across the nation. In Los Angeles and the LA Highschool for the Creative Arts the choral students sang this song, and it was gut wrenching.
Kirchner from his own website says:
Shawn Kirchner is a composer and songwriter active in the musical circles of Los Angeles whose choral works are performed throughout the world. In 2012, he was appointed Swan Family Composer in Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. His three-year term was marked by the premieres of Plath Songs (2013), Inscapes (2014), and Songs of Ascent (2015). The Los Angeles Master Chorale has often presented Kirchner's choral works in concerts at LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall, and first commissioned him in 2007 to write Tu voz, a setting of a Pablo Neruda sonnet. Other LAMC commissions include Memorare (2009) and Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas (2011). The Master Chorale's final concert of the 2009/2010 season featured the world premiere of his "bluegrass triptych," Heavenly Home: Three American Songs,which received praise in the LA Times as "effectively" written works of "sophistication." He is best known world-wide for his setting of the Kenyan song Wana Baraka, which was featured in a performance by the Nairobi Chamber Choir in Diamond Jubilee celebration for Her Majesty Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle in 2012. Kirchner's pieces are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Oxford University Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing, and Shawn Kirchner Publishing"
So today, with balance in hand and eyes to the horizon line I choose Shawn Kirchner's "Eye for Eye" as my, open your eyes, turn the cheek, lift your heart, song for a, can't you hear me yet, love is the only answer, there is no longer a place for silence, Thursday.