New Works for Voices in Verse


David Kirtley  |  Joanne D. Carey

Timothy Kramer  |  Christopher J. Hoh




CADENCE, the new vocal music compilation from Navona Records, offers a set of inspired, emotive premiere recordings by composers Christopher J. Hoh, David Kirtley, Joanne D. Carey, and Timothy Kramer in works juxtaposing the ethereal and the earthy, the diaphanous and the muscular, and the serene and the agile.


Hoh’s Remembering All sets five poems by the renowned Carl Sandburg, whom Hoh calls “a composer’s poet.” His treatment enhances the text with a spacious, compelling composition. By turns luminous, jaunty or lyrical, it dramatizes love and longing through intriguing music.


Kirtley’s focus too is on poetry, but in this case it is the Japanese art of the haiku, which provides the inspiration.  Best known for its precise, simple form and short length, haiku offers a fascinating point of entry for Kirtley in the Haiku Songs of Karigane, as the composer carefully crafts a haunting, sanguine sound that unveils deep emotions within the lean words of five haiku by Kaoru Karigane.


William Blake’s works have frequently been set to music, but The Lamb and The Tyger have rarely been given such a rigorous treatment.  Carey’s complex, nuanced language highlights the mysterious symbolism of Blake’s prose, coupling sophisticated musical figures alongside the enigmatic contemplations found in the text.


Lux aeterna by Kramer is the composer’s own unique version of the traditional Mass setting, in this case created specifically for performance in the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The radiant harmonies bound across dynamic peaks and valleys, bringing the listener on a sublime emotional journey.



Christopher J. Hoh has produced several commissioned works on multi-lingual, Latin, German and English texts in addition to folk hymn and carol arrangements.  Graduated from Georgetown University, he is currently working on new part-songs and anthems and also editing European renaissance and New World pieces.


An avid hiker and world traveler, David Kirtley brings to his music impressions of nature, and elements drawn from indigenous musical traditions. Originally a self-taught composer, he eventually received music degrees from the University of Colorado Boulder. His works have been performed at festivals and venues worldwide.


Joanne D Carey’s musical energies are highly influenced by acoustics and electronics, which she learned while at San Jose State University and Stanford University.  She has also written several pieces featuring a “radio-baton”, a controller that allows an electronic score to be performed live using sounds from a synthesizer.


Timothy Kramer’s music has been called “constantly inventive…” and “haunting and intensely moving” (San Antonio Express News), and his works have been performed throughout the world by major ensembles. He holds degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Michigan, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Germany.






Release Date: October 14, 2016

Catalog #: NV6061





David Kirtley

Haiku Songs of Karigane

poetry by Kaoru Karigane

Jennifer Bird, soprano; Mutsumi Moteki, piano

1 I. Karasu-uri

2 II. Hanamizuki

3 III. Nekojarashi

4 IV. Daikan ya

5 V. Mizutorimo


Joanne D. Carey

6 The Lamb

poetry by William Blake

The Stanbery Singers  |  Paul Stanbery, conductor


7 The Tyger

poetry by William Blake

Vox Futura  |  Andrew Shenton, conductor

Karolina Rojahn, piano


Timothy Kramer

8 Lux Aeterna

from the Requiem Mass

Kühn Choir  |  Marek Vorlíček, conductor


Christopher J. Hoh

Remembering All: Five Sandburg Poems

poetry by Carl Sandburg

The Stanbery Singers  |  Paul Stanbery, conductor

9 I. Joy

10 II. Monotone

11 III. Under the Harvest Moon

12 IV. I Sang

13 V. Follies



Haiku Songs of Karigane

Recorded August 10, 2015 in Grusin Music Hall, University of

Colorado Boulder CO


Recording Session Producer Andy Happel

Recording Session Engineer Kevin Harbison


The Lamb

Recorded March 10-11, 2016 at the First United Methodist

Church in Hamilton OH


Recording Session Producer Matt Konrad

Recording Session Engineer Justin Newton


The Tyger

Recorded May 22, 2016 at Futura Productions in Roslindale MA


Recording Session Producer Bob Lord

Recording Session Engineer John Weston


Lux aeterna

Recorded March 2, 2014 at Martinů Hall, Prague Academy

of Performing Arts in Prague CZ


Recording Session Producer & Engineer Ondrej Urban


Five Sandburg Poems

Recorded March 12, 2016 at the First United Methodist

Church in Hamilton OH


Recording Session Producer Matt Konrad

Recording Session Engineer Justin Newton


Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Alex Bourne, Brandon MacNeil

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Production Engineer Nate Hunter

Art & Production Director Brett Picknell

Graphic Design Emily Roulo

Marketing Mike Mahn



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