An exploration into the history of subjugation, …and darkness was upon the face of the deep weaves African-American slave songs, critiques of the American penal system and ruminations of technological dependence together into a continuously shifting soundscape. Timbres meld together, pushing ambiance into driving rhythms into spectral cacophony and back again.
The album draws upon the interests and aesthetic leanings of the Baker-Barganier Duo, a chamber ensemble made up of New Renaissance artist Elizabeth A. Baker and composer/multi-instrumentalist Erich Barganier. The ensemble grew to explore the recently coined genre of New Renaissance art, a discipline that melds poetry, dance, music, experimental theater and more together in each work.
Album artwork by Natascha Johnson.
Recorded and mastered by Elizabeth A. Baker.
Recorded live at the St. Petersburg Main Branch Library in St. Petersburg, FL on April 30, 2017 as part of the New Music Masterworks Series, presented by The New Music Conflagration, Inc.