The Unquiet Country Recording Released

December 9, 2023

Emerson Eads & Patrick Milian’s songs A Prime Number of Lines for Lili & Nadia Boulanger, and for Raïssa Boulanger have been recorded by soprano, Arwen Myers, mezzo-soprano Hannah Penn & pianist Susan McDaniel and are now released. They were commissioned by Entre Rios Books, and recorded by producer, Roderick Evenson, at the iconic carpenter gothic Old Church located in Portland’s West End creative and cultural district. The album is available on all streaming platforms:

“Arresting poetry and truly beautiful music . . . in ‘A Prime Number of Lines’ for the Boulanger sister, Bach-prelude-like beginnings go on strange and enchanting voyages, and creativity burns in percussive dissonances and shifting meters. The second song for Raïssa Boulanger is a wide-ranging dirge of immense power.”

“Emerson Eads has created delicious, bona fide two-part vocal writing – not just two voices who happen to be singing together – captures perfectly the nature of these two sisters’ intimate relationship. This is the kind of writing rarely found, not just in this century, but the previous one as well. The fact that the music is tonal and deeply emotional makes it a joy to listen to, and one presumes, a joy to sing as well.”