Seraphic Fire releases self-titled album

May 7, 2013

Mike Burgess
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Four World-Premiere Recordings Headline New Disc by GRAMMY®-Nominated Vocal Ensemble

MIAMI, FL — Seraphic Fire, the only American choir to be nominated for a 2012 GRAMMY® Award, announces the release of its newest album, Seraphic Fire, containing many of the world premieres and signature works that defined the ensemble’s first decade. Released on the ensemble’s own Seraphic Fire Media label, the disc features world-premiere recordings of works by Ingram Marshall, Jake Runestad, Shawn Crouch and Alvaro Bermudez, as well as a new recording of Ariel Ramirez’s iconic Misa Criolla. The album is distributed by Naxos of America and has been made available in digital format today, May 7, and in hardcopy on May 28.

Headlining this recording are a number of works commissioned or premiered by the ensemble which have become mainstays of the groups repertoire. Ingram Marshall’s Hymnodic Delays, originally for vocal quartet and tape loops, was transcribed by the ensemble in 2006 for sixteen individual vocal soloists a cappella. A three movement Spem in Alium for the 21st Century,Hymnodic Delays uses musical material from old American shape-note hymns, manipulated by a modern composer, to create a work that blends both historic and contemporary.

Seraphic Fire also contains three world-premiere recordings of works by young American composers: I Will Lift Mine Eyes is a soaring contemporary motet by 26 year old Minnesota composer Jake Runestad; Padre Nuestro by Colombian-American composer Alvaro Bermudez, infuses traditional Colombian dance rhythms into an ancient text; and Shawn Crouch’s Pie Jesuis the focal point of the composer’s Pulizer-Prize-nominated oratorio The Road from Hiroshima: A Requiem, commissioned and premiered by Seraphic Fire in 2005.

Rounding out this recording are works which span from Peruvian Baroque lauds to the rumbas of Rafael Hernandez, as well as one of the mainstays of Latin American Classical music, Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla. Accompanied by indigenous Argentine instruments (the charango andbombo, played here by Alvaro Andres Bermudez and Pedro Fernandez), the Misa combines both the European Colonial religious form of the Roman Catholic Mass with traditional folk dances to create a truly Latin musical hybrid.

“This music is who we are,” says Seraphic Fire founder and artistic director Patrick Dupré Quigley. “We are so proud to be able to share music that we love so much with the greater Classical music world.”


This recording is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the support of the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council, the support of Funding Arts Network, Funding Arts Broward, as well as with the support of the City of Coral Gables. Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
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