Rosśa's commission for The New Consort, an American Prize winning ensemble in Chamber Music, is being premiered April 5th through 7th, 2019 in both Connecticut and New York. "The Watchtower Psalms," a multi-movement work for five voices, was inspired by the Enochian experiments in angelic communication by John Dee and Edward Kelley in the 17th Century. Tickets can be bought HERE!

Rosśa explains the background behind their creation of this piece:

"Since I was 18, I have had a fascination with the 16th Century experiments of John Dee and Edward Kelley’s with angelic communication. Dee, a mathematician, occult philosopher, and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, employed Kelley, a medium, to help him discover the secrets of nature and the supernatural through obsidian scrying. Their activities, inspired by the conjurations of King Solomon, lent a new perspective to what I had previously been educated about otherworldly communication. The events led to a remarkable amount of documentation, resulting in several tablets that named the angels that existed within each level of the hierarchy, as well as the documentation of Enochian, the language of the angels. While Dee and Kelley’s experiments may have very well been a figment of imagination, their extensive output has made many interfaith believers of Enochian Magick, be it Christian, Pagan, Jewish, or otherwise.

When Brian Mummert approached me to compose a piece for The New Consort, I knew that this was the topic on which to base the work. I immediately created text that followed style and structure of the Old Testament psalms, and in turn, created a different kind of liturgical piece, delving into secrets that ideologically are not considered any part of the religious canon. I wanted to create a sense of a different world beyond our own, one that might evoke fear, but also shows a sense of reverence, where we see a light of hope in a path not often turned down.

The Watchtower Psalms is the embodiment of the ceremony where the practitioner calls the four corners, otherwise known as the watchtowers. Each quadrant has an elemental angel assigned to it: EXARP (Air), HKOMA (Water), NANTA (Earth), and BITOM (Fire). Each of these angels has many classifications of other angels underneath them. Collectively, the four watchtowers form the Tablet of Union, a symbol of the Quintessence, the spiritual amalgamation of the quadrants becoming one. When the Watchtowers are all called, it is then that our divine natures can be found.

The Watchtowers each have an assigned direction, element, and color. As a synesthete, I composed each movement based on the colors and emotional reactions I had from each element. Their symbolism goes as follows:

EXARP - East/Air/Yellow HKOMA - West/Water/Blue NANTA - North/Earth/Black BITOM - South/Fire/Red

Many thanks to Brian Mummert and The New Consort for their commissioning of this work. I have had a blessed journey creating this piece for them."

Rosśa will be a resident artist at Illinois State University this coming March through the Arts Technology and Music Departments. They will premiering three new pieces on March 28th, 2019, at the Center of Performing Arts, and all pieces will involve electro-acoustic elements. They will be sharing this opportunity with baritone Matthan Black!

"Schöne Gespielin" (Exquisite Playmate): From Sonnet 25 of the First Part of Rilke’s “Sonnets to Orpheus.” In memory of young Vera Knoop, who died aged 18. She had been a talented dancer but suddenly stopped, took an interest in music, then died of a glandular disease. Rilke saw her only a few times. Just before she died, Vera said “Now I can dance!” Written for Baritone (Matthan Ring Black) and Waterphone, this piece narrates the passing of a able-bodied dancer into the aether, through the words of her lover.

"Love Songs for the End of the World": Based on characters created and inspired by H.P. Lovecraft, this song cycle examines the parallels between the Old Ones’ desire for dominion and unrequited love. Who hasn't fallen in love with someone they can't have? But we don't all have the ability to crush the minds of those who wronged us. What would you do if you had that power? These poems give us the opportunity to explore the dark longings and ineffectual rage that lives inside all of us while experiencing it in a safe and beautiful way through song and sound. Who hasn't fallen in love with someone they can't have? But we don't all have the ability to crush the minds of those who wronged us. What would you do if you had that power? Crean musically builds on our psychic comfortability while instilling a sense of cosmic disruption dwelling just beneath the surface of the mind. 
Performed by Baritone Matthan Ring Black with piano and electronics by Rosśa Crean. Song text by Matthan Ring Black, with R’lyehian interlude text by Rosśa Crean.

 

Audio from Ross' song cycle for unaccompanied voice, "Twilight Lifts the Veil," is now available under the COMPOSER link. Written for All Hallows Eve, and performed by the extraordinary soprano Katherine Bruton, the cycle was recorded and filmed at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago, IL on October 31st, 2018. Recorded by Daniel Johanson and directed by Maureen Smith. Sheet music is available HERE!

Crean presents a celebration of queer classical works! We begin with a cabaret of LGBTQ+ vocal pieces, followed by the Chicago premiere of Ross Crean and Aiden K. Feltkamp's new one-act opera, which serves as a sequel to Mozart's “Don Giovanni.” Click HERE for details and tickets!

Witness the workshop premiere of composer Ross Crean and librettist Aiden K. Feltkamp's new micro opera, which follows Anna and Elvira in the aftermath of Mozart's Don Giovanni. This grindhouse-style story explores themes of rape culture and grief through the lens of two women who find solace in the most unexpected place: one another.

WORLD PREMIERE
THE GREAT GOD PAN
MARCH 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18*, 2018 | 7:30PM (*3PM)
at Chopin Theatre
Music and Libretto by Ross Crean
Based on Arthur Machen’s novella

For tickets, simply click HERE!


Described by Stephen King as "one of the best horror stories ever written. Perhaps the best in the English language." 

Ross' opera "The Great God Pan," an adaptation of the 1890 novella by Arthur Machen, is now available on recording through Navona Records/Naxos of America. For purchasing options, please go to the BUY page.

 

I had the pleasure of recording an episode of "Doing the Work" with Matthan Black, Sarah Thompson Johansen, Andrew Fisher, and Vince Wallace, who all sang on the recording of "The Great God Pan". We talk all about the recording process, what we've been up to since December, and our mutual love of Taco Bell. Great God Pan is available starting on Aug. 11th wherever find albums are sold on the internet! Pick one up today! Enjoy! LISTEN HERE!!!

It has been a two year journey writing and recording my opera "The Great God Pan." The original novella is something that has stuck with me for decades, and now I am excited to share with all of you a story of horror, gender, and morality. 

While it will not be released until August 11th, you can now pre-order the album and immediately get Sarah Thompson Johansen's performance of Helen's aria, "Gethsemane." So what are you waiting for?! Go get a copy on iTunes NOW!

Ross' new vocal works album will begin recording over the Winter 2017 - Spring 2018 season, and he is looking for a fitting Mezzo-Soprano or Zwischen voice to record his award-winning and critically-acclaimed song cycle "The Passive-Aggressive's Guide to Mother Goose." The collection will be released on the Navona Records/Naxos of America label.

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