An album of contemporary percussion works by Scott Lindroth, Brian Nozny, John Psathas, Christopher Adler, David Skidmore and Christopher Deane.
The Gaia Theory is inspired by of the scientific theory of the same name that contends all living and non-living things on Earth work together to sustain life. This controversial theory, named after the Greek earth goddess Gaia, suggests that each organism on the planet is intertwined with every other. The Gaia Theory seeks to demonstrate a similar connective force through music.
Every selection in The Gaia Theory was chosen for having a link with some aspect of our world. From the cross-cultural connections in the music of John Psathas, to the unique recycled found objects in Christopher Deane’s The Scavenger’s Footprints, it is my hope that my album provides a musical means to contemplate the significance of our relationships with each other and with our planet.
– Omar Carmenates, 2012
All music performed by Omar Carmenates
with Brian Nozny and the Florida State University Percussion Ensemble
Justin Alexander, Luis Rivera, Sidonie Wade, Tommy Dobbs, Matthew Filosa, and Melinda Leoce
Bell Plates (8:57) Composed by Scott Lindroth
…folded… (8:43) Composed by Brian Nozny
4BY4 (8:28) Composed by John Psathas
Waiting:Still (5:18) Composed by John Psathas, arr. by Omar Carmenates
The Scavenger's Footprints (7:19) Composed by Christopher Deane
Requiem Mvt1 (7:26) Composed by David Skidmore
Once, In a Grove of Tamarisk (19:26) Composed by Christopher Adler
Waiting:Still alternate version (5:16) Composed by John Psathas, arr. by Omar Carmenates