I wrote Some Connecticut Gospel in the couple of months leading up to the 2008 presidential election, when unfamiliar feelings of political optimism had been welling up inside me for the first time in my adult life. It’s also a piece about Charles Ives, whose life and music have become a beacon of hope for American composers seeking a new path.
Connecticut is unlike some other states, whose residents seem to have a strong sense of group identity, even pride. I never feel “Connecticutian” even though I spent most of my childhood there; I tend to think of myself as a misplaced Californian. Did Connecticut used to have more of a distinct personality, before it became Greater New York City and Lesser Massachusetts? Some Connecticut Gospel is a song of praise to this imaginary place—Ives’s Connecticut.
ListenTimo Andres: Some Connecticut Gospel
recorded live at Sprague Hall, New Haven, CT, February 2010
performers Mindy Heinsohn, flute; Nicholas Akdag, bassoon; Matt Wright, trombone; Timo Andres, piano; So Young Kwon, violin; Vessilin Todorov, viola; Hannah Collins, ‘cello; Joe Magar, electric bass