This month, Jupiter is so close to Earth that you can seen its moons with a pair of binoculars. This new release celebrates man's exploration of the largest planet in our solar system. Ninety-Five Minutes Over Jupiter was inspired by a picture and blog post on NASA’s website dated September 28th, 2017. The picture is comprised of eleven color-enhanced images taken as the space probe Juno flew over the planet on September 1st of that same year. The narrative text in the score is based on the blog post that accompanies these images and describes what is being shown in each individual frame. The author not only addresses the vortexes of color contained in the images, but also the atmospheric anomalies that generate them and how the line of darkness can be clearly seen creeping across the planet, engulfing the colors below.
Brent Lawrence composes works that seek out genuine emotion through artistic action. As a member of Landscape Music, a great deal of his work is inspired by the natural world, not only in how it can be seen, but how it can be experienced. To this end, Brent strives to compose music that communicates these experiences to the performer—and the audience—with a rich pallet of harmonic color, keen melodicism, and a sensitivity towards the sensation of meter.
Native to the Blue Ridge mountains of southwest Virginia, Brent has written music based on landscapes across the United States. Brent is currently working toward the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition from the University of Oregon. He also holds an MMus in Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a BA in guitar performance from Pfeiffer University.