Shara Nova composer
The Crossing | Donald Nally conductor
TITRATION: a term used in chemistry to describe the process where two reagents are mixed drop by drop to avoid the explosive reaction that would occur from pouring them together quickly. Titration is also used to describe a therapeutic process in which one approaches trauma very slowly, “drop by drop,” so as to avoid unnecessary distress, flooding and potential re-traumatization. No title could be better fitting for Shara Nova’s new cycle of healing songs, recorded by The Crossing with conductor Donald Nally. TITRATION examines the experience of our own bodies, the capacity of our nervous systems, and the quest to identify and embrace our most difficult feelings. Styles converge, warm sounds emerge and voices soar next to laughter, humming, and the energy of Shara’s Indie band roots, with songs deeply inspired by Resmaa Menakem’s Somatic Abolitionist body of work and his call for communal practice. TITRATION offers a glimpse into various healing modalities while extending a hand of self-awareness to listeners alike.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Freeze State||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor; Dimitri German, soloist||3:24|
|02||Safety In Peril or Calm||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||3:04|
|03||What’s the Vibe, Vagus?||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||1:05|
|04||Titration 1||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||1:02|
|05||How Do I Keep On Feelin’ In This Mean, Mean World||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||2:08|
|06||Emotion Wheel||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||2:46|
|07||Patterns of Protection||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||5:11|
|08||The Grief of Which I Rarely Speak||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||8:33|
|09||Titration 2||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||0:59|
|10||Turn Ya Head||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||2:03|
|11||Imagine A Favorite Place||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||4:25|
|12||I Seek to Change These Habits||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||3:36|
|13||Yes / No||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||2:11|
|14||I’m So Mad I Could Spit Nails||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor; Karen Blanchard, soloist; Maren Montalbano, soloist||5:19|
|15||Notice Sensation||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||1:47|
|16||Pulses||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||3:12|
|17||Titration 3||Shara Nova||The Crossing | Donald Nally, conductor||0:52|
Katy Avery • Karen Blanchard • Micah Dingler • Joanna Gates • Dimitri German • Steven Hyder • A.J. Keller • Lauren Kelly • Anika Kildegaard • Maren Montalbano • Daniel O’Dea • Kyle Sackett • Rebecca Siler • Tiana Sorenson • Daniel Spratlan • Daniel Taylor • Shari Wilson
Kyle Sackett triangle
Daniel Schwartz glockenspiel
Donald Nally conductor
Kevin Vondrak assistant conductor
John Grecia keyboards
John Conahan, John Walthausen guest keyboards
Paul Vazquez sound designer
Titration was recorded August 10-12, 2022 at St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley, Malvern PA
Titration was premiered August 5, 2022 at The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky MT
Executive Director/Artistic Director John Zirkle
Recording Producers Paul Vazquez, Shara Nova, Donald Nally, Kevin Vondrak
Recording Engineer Paul Vazquez
Assistant Recording Engineer Dante Portella
Editing, Mixing & Mastering Paul Vazquez
Titration was commissioned by The Crossing – Donald Nally, conductor, the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky MT, & Conspirare – Craig Hella Johnson, conductor; with support from Anne and Dennis Wentz and the Joel Brauer Fund for New Music.
Shara Nova’s music is published by Blue Sword (ASCAP) administered by Domino Publishing Company USA (ASCAP)
Album artwork by DM Stith
This album is made possible through the generous support of Carol Westfall, longtime friend and benefactor of The Crossing.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CROSSING
Timothy V. Blair
Phil Cooke vice president
Mary D. Hangley
Cynthia A. Jarvis
Mary Kinder Loiselle
Michael M. Meloy
Donald Nally conductor
Pam Prior treasurer
Kim Shiley president
Carol Loeb Shloss secretary
Elizabeth Van de Water
THE STAFF OF THE CROSSING
Donald Nally conductor
Jonathan Bradley executive director
Kevin Vondrak assistant conductor and artistic associate
Shannon McMahon operations manager
Carolyn Merritt grant manager
Paul Vazquez sound designer
Elizabeth Dugan bookkeeper
The Crossing is represented by Alliance Artist Management.
COME. HEAR. NOW.
Executive Producer Bob Lord
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming, Morgan Hauber
Publicity Patrick Niland
Shara Nova has released five albums under the moniker My Brightest Diamond and has composed works for yMusic, Brooklyn Rider, Nadia Sirota, Conspirare, Cantus Domus, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Roomful of Teeth, and many community choirs, as well as Aarhus Symfoni, North Carolina Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra, among others.
The Crossing is a Grammy-winning professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to performing new music. It is committed to working with creative teams to make and record new, substantial works for choir that explore and expand ways of writing for choir, singing in choir, and listening to music for choir. Many of its nearly 150 commissioned premieres address social, environmental, and political issues.
Donald Nally collaborates with creative artists, leading orchestras, and art museums to make new works for choir that address social and environmental issues. He has commissioned over 180 works and, with The Crossing, has 29 recordings, with two Grammy Awards and eight nominations. Nally has served as chorus master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Welsh National Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy.
Titration is a choral song cycle composed during the spring and early summer of 2022. As a person of southern heritage, growing up in a politically conservative family, but having traveled a “moon trip’s distance” philosophically from home, the political debates of the country always land at the dinner table, deeply dividing my family, and also dividing me. We disagree on a great many topics, and yet I love my family dearly. I carry the contradictions and tensions of my family within me, no matter how far away I may fly.
Home is complicated. Is home a feeling of safety? How is safety created? How do I make home in myself? How can we disagree so strongly, and still come to the table together? How do we make a society where all bodies can experience the same promise of safety? How can I become a safer person for other people? How do I work through difficult emotions like fear, grief, disgust or rage? How can I grow in my capacity to feel more?
As a child I often understood the best way to deal with big feelings was to go silently into my bedroom and remain there until I could come out with a “better attitude.” The story of my learning how to identify feelings and stay connected to my body is ongoing. The details of what has happened to me personally to make emotion and body awareness difficult were not necessary to tell. Instead I wanted to share some explorations in asking the question, “How do I keep on feeling in this mean, mean world?”
The song cycle is not a therapeutic model, but points to healing modalities, teachers, and ancient practices about which I hope you, the listener, will become curious to research. There is a “how” which I did not invent, but that can be cultivated deliberately. I would like to acknowledge and offer gratitude to the Somatic Abolitionist body of work of Resmaa Menakem specifically from whom I am learning to value humming, to orient to a space, to rock myself, to notice the silence, to notice the rage, and the importance of gathering with others in practice to heal racialized trauma. To the work of 4000 years of Qi-Gong practitioners and to Master Chunyi Lin and Master Daniel Li. To polyvagal theory author Deb Dana. To my compassionate Somatic Experiencing therapist. To artist Helga Davis who held my hand and told me about the co-regulation of heart rates. To everyone who has come together to practice with me, and to Laughter Yoga.
– Shara Nova
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