Tomoko Mukaiyama on piano for the 2016 premiere of The Unchanging Sea, with Pablo Rus Broseta conducting the Seattle Symphony.
Co-commissioned and performed by the Seattle Symphony, conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta and featuring piano soloist Tomoko Mukaiyama, The Unchanging Sea flows from Michael Gordon’s fascination with our connection to our watery source, in all its turbulence, majesty and mystery. While the title and visual material originate with a 1910 short film by silent era director D.W. Griffith, Bill Morrison’s film sources 17 obscure or lost titles dealing with sea travel, including footage shot in Seattle in 1897, when the S.S. Willamette sailed out of Puget Sound at the height of the gold rush.
The Unchanging Sea is a double-disc CD + DVD package that includes the companion piece Beijing Harmony, also performed by the Seattle Symphony. Inspired by a visit to the Echo Wall at Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, Gordon “imagined that the sound would bounce off the stone floors and buildings to create a fanfare of echoes — an acoustical rebounding and ringing that would slowly grow in zeal and fierceness.”