Into the Anthropocene

by Pascal Le Boeuf

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“Into The Anthropocene” presents an ecological history of humanity by chronicling the path that Homo sapiens took to become, in the words of author Yuval Noah Harari, "the deadliest species in the annals of planet earth." Commissioned by choreographer Kristin Draucker for the Periapsis Open Series in collaboration with violinist Todd Reynolds, “Into The Anthropocene” explores the implications of our impact on Earth over three short movements. 

The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch distinguished from our present era (the Holocene epoch) by significant changes in our planet's ecosphere caused by human activities. We are losing species, whole ecosystems and genes at an ever increasingly rapid rate. Today, species disappear each year at a rate hundreds of times faster than when humans arrived on the scene. As a species known for 100,000 years to bury our dead, it is amazing that we have such little respect for the death of other species. 

Given the environmental impacts of human industry, it is conceivable that we are heading into a bleak future in which biodiversity has ceased to develop and we will be left to share an overpopulated, overheated, resource-depleted planet.

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released April 20, 2018

Commissioned by choreographer Kristin Draucker for the Periapsis Open Series in collaboration with violinist Todd Reynolds. Composed and produced by Pascal Le Boeuf.

Gina Izzo - flute
Jessica Meyer - viola
Dave Eggar - cello

Composed at the I-Park Foundation's 2015 Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency Program in collaboration with violinist Sabina Torosjan (ensemble mise-en), and at the 2015 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in consultation with violinist Maya Bennardo.

Video series curated by Todd Reynolds and Pascal Le Boeuf, directed by Evan Chapman (Four | Ten Media), and recorded by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studios in New York City on March 28, 2016. Mvt. 1 & 2 mixed & mastered by Dave Darlington. Mvt 3 mixed & mastered by Pascal Le Boeuf.

Special thanks to those involved in developing this music; violinists Sabina Torosjan, Maya Bennardo, and Todd Reynolds; scientists Claudio Campagna and Burney Le Boeuf; choreographer Kristin Draucker; the I-Park Foundation, Bang on a Can, and Periapsis Music & Dance.

Photo credit: Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Pascal Le Boeuf New York, New York

Described as “sleek, new” and “hyper-fluent” by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is a Grammy-nominated composer, pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to cross-breeding classical with production-based technology. ... more

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