Basic Profile

Name:

Sam Guarnaccia

Organizational Title:

Composer, Classical Guitarist, Linguist

Organization:

Sam Guarnaccia Music

City:

Middlebury

State/Province:

Vermont

Zip/Postal Code:

05753

Country:

United States

Extended Profile

What do you (or organization) hope for in connection with a deep time perspective?

That we may contribute, through the beauty of music, poetry, and art, to the transformative consciousness evoked by the stupendous creativity of the evolutionary universe, and the ‘reinvention’ of humanity through the integration of science and spirituality to become a ‘mutually enhancing’ presence in the Earth community.

Short description of your (or organization's) current interest/work in an deep time perspective:

The EUO is a project of SGM in an integral collaboration with poets, writers, artists, and visionary thinkers alligned with the new Evolutionary cosmological perspective.
The Emergent Universe Oratorio (EUO) is an exploration and celebration through music and art of the stunning New Story of our emerging Universe. Arising from discoveries of cosmology and quantum scientific understanding, the awe and wonder of this New Story and the birth of human conscious self-awareness within the Universe may provide the energy and resolve to ‘reinvent’ our presence on Earth.

In 2013, in a time and on an Earth driven by technology and industry, Bill McKibben recently and famously asked, “Where is the art and music?” (paraphrase) to express humanity’s understanding of our role in sustaining Earth’s life. The EUO is an offering to gather our community and celebrate through beauty the magnificence and responsibilities of our presence here, and the radiant possibilities of a ‘mutually enhancing’ human presence in our Earth home.

An hour and half long choral and chamber orchestra composition by composer Sam Guarnaccia, the Oratorio tells the New Story alternating musically integrated recitatives*-1 with major choral works. It is co-presented with a series of paintings, Endless Spring, by visual artist Cameron Davis, and is chiefly inspired by the axial work of cultural historian, author, and ‘geologian’ Thomas Berry, cosmologist Brian Swimme, and Confuscian scholar and author Mary Evelyn Tucker.
Tucker and John Grim, writers and producers of ‘The Journey of the Universe’*-2, hosted and participated in the Premiere, the film screening, and a Conversational Dialogue with over 40 evolutionary thinkers, artists, and activist-educators.

Background: Your bio if an individual, or description if an organization (Let us know who you are!):

Sam Guarnaccia is leader of The Emergent Universe Oratorio project, composer, and a scholar of the work. Cameron Davis is visual artist, primary collaborator and scholar; and Paula Guarnaccia leads the production/content development, is Premiere event executive producer, as well as providing creative consultation. Together they make up the EUO Core Team. The team is also working with writers, poets, scientists, librettists, and collaborators Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, founding directors of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology and the American Teilhard Association, co-producers with Brian Swimme of the Journey of the Universe film. Additional artistic collaborator, Steve Olson, will be the Premiere music director.

Sam Guarnaccia is a composer, performer, and founder/director of Sam Guarnaccia Music (SGM) http://www.samguarnaccia.com. He studied privately and at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, received a Master of Fine Arts in Guitar performance from the California Institute of the Arts, created, and for ten years taught and directed the guitar program of the University of Denver’s renowned Lamont School of Music. He has also taught and instituted programs at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, as Spanish scholar, player/performer, and composer with deep ties to the history, traditions, art and spirituality of ancient and contemporary Indigenous peoples. His cycle of nine Peace songs has been incorporated into a Peace education curriculum being launched throughout the United States in 2013. His recent work, A Celtic Mass for Peace, Songs for the Earth, has been performed all over the United States, Iona and Edinburgh, Scotland, and was featured in a major Peace celebration on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, 2011, in New York, and in Vermont. There are were two performances near NYC on February 19th, 2012.
Paula Guarnaccia, Executive Producer; creative and administrative consultant.
Paula Guarnaccia, M.Ed., has had a long career in higher education and healthcare administration. Among other roles, she was the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont. She also worked with the National Peace Academy (NPA) as their Director of Administration and Finance. She is a certified a BePeace Teacher and HeartMath Educator.

The Emergent Universe Oratorio and all SGM projects are informed and deeply inspired by the work of Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and others, and share a commitment to foster the new paradigm of integral consciousness of Human-Earth relations.

The mission of the EUO is to produce a work of music, poetry, and art that will inspire and support the movement toward a new integral consciousness for humanity, and a sustainable, thriving future for all. The primary objective of the EUO is to increase awareness of humanity’s place in the cosmos and of our radical connection to, and interdependence with all living systems on Earth. The thesis of the Oratorio is that integral consciousness is supported by an understanding of the profound new discoveries coming forth from cosmological and quantum scientific communities. These new insights referred to as the “new story” by Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, and Mary Evelyn Tucker among others, frames the Oratorio’s musical composition, libretto, reading texts, and visual art set design.

It is our objective to create a work of art of great beauty that would stand alone, but also help open both minds and hearts to inspiring action. The Oratorio’s content looks squarely at both the issues of our critical times, and crisis’ call for transformational understanding and behaviors. The arts’ ability —especially music— to access emotional, intellectual and spiritual intelligence fosters the coherence supportive for this transformational insight.

It is our intention that the EUO is replicable beyond the premiere event. Our ongoing program strategy is to continue live performances; regional, national, and international, with further outreach through audio and video recordings. Radio and internet programming; lectures, panels, workshops and related educational initiatives would further promote the Oratorio’s intended contribution to the exploration of consciousness and transformational action.

The project takes its inspiration from the current unfolding scientific cosmology as presented in the 2011 documentary Journey of the Universe. http://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org, whose authors Mary Evelyn Tucker and Brian Swimme, have reviewed and approved the Libretto content.

The music, lyrics, and art seek to evoke both reverence and responsibility. The EUO is a call for humanity to reverse our present perilous course and embrace a mutually enhancing Earth-Human relationship. Recitatives reflect both the recent discoveries of the new sciences and their resonances with both ancient wisdom traditions and new insights in contemporary consciousness inquiry.

Further inspiration comes from the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and Gerard Manley Hopkins; and from direct correspondence with Wendell Berry, Joanna Macy, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Brian Swimme, Bill McKibben, and Thom Berry’s sister, Margaret, leading to permission to use their writings in the EUO libretto.

The EUO is an hour and half long choral and chamber orchestra composition, alternating musically integrated recitatives with major choral sections, co-presented with a visual art painted series, Endless Spring, by visual artist Cameron Davis. The project also includes the creation of an audio recording for production of a CD, and video documentary (DVD) of the premiere, and visual art. The Oratorio’s art installation, music, and intellectual content in the form of lectures and panel discussions will be replicable both live and on-line.

The EUO is devoted to the celebration of beauty and the profound interconnectedness of all things. It addresses the urgent need to move beyond simply “raising awareness” to “transcend the paradigms” that have locked humanity in our destructive relationship with Earth and its living systems upon which our, and all life depends.

The EUO is a response to the call from diverse thought and movement leaders — including Mary Evelyn Tucker and author and climate activist Bill McKibben – for artistic creation to support the new understanding of our place in the Cosmos and the opportunities to meet the deep environmental crisis of our time. The Oratorio is a musical/visual experience designed to inspire and support this new integral consciousness. As pathways to a deep human experience of coherence and beauty, music and art can lead to opening the heart, and interwoven with deep insights from science, poetry, and the new cosmology, perhaps to an awakening of individual and collective human consciousness.

Through the lyrics and texts of the Oratorio, we include a wide range of voices from indigenous cultures, from the great wisdom traditions of the East and West, from the work of great poets, and from the findings of visionary scientists. Our commitment to diversity in its many forms and to the interplay of scientific, spiritual and literary voices serves as the foundation of exploration and deep inquiry that shapes our collaborative creation and goal of reaching wider circles across the Earth, including marginalized, disadvantaged, or excluded populations. The project directors are committed to the EUO being a tool for building awareness and movement momentum, with this goal supported by the 2020 Fund, 350.org, and others.

What are you (or organization) looking for from the Network?

Love; Connection; shared awe and wonder for our place in the Universe; support for our individual and collective leadership and movement toward ‘reinventing the human’ (T.Berry) to become ‘a mutually enhancing presence in the Earth community’ (T.Berry).

What do you (or organization) bring to the Network?

A celebration of the beauty and wonder of the Living Universe through music, poetry and art, with the hoped for enhancement of our capacity to emotionally apprehend the unity of spirit and matter, of religion and science, of fact, myth, and truth.

Year became interested in a deep time evolutionary perspective:

2010

Originally inspired to do this work by:

Thomas Berry; Brian Swimme; Mary Evelyn Tucker; Teilhard de Chardin

Also inspired to do this work by:

Fritjof Capra, Pablo Neruda, Albert Einstein, Ludwig von Beethoven

Call this work:

Other

If you call it something else, what do you call it?

Celebratory Integral Cosmology: Music, Poetry, Art

Organizations involved with that have a Deep Time evolutionary perspective:

American Teilhard Association; Shelburne Farms; Emerging Earth Community; Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

Applying a Deep Time evolutionary perspective to what fields/issues:

Art, Education

Favorite Quote Having to do With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

‘The Universe is the only text without a context.’ – Thomas Berry –

Are you a teacher/professor?

Yes

If yes, what institution?

SGM-Private

Offer programs with a deep time evolutionary perspective:

No

(Optional) Endorsements from people who have participated in your programs:

‘It is a fabulous and deep creation’, Brian Swimme. ‘I am awed by the beauty and grandeur of the work’, Joanna Macy

Published Books/Movies/Other With a Deep Time Evolutionary Perspective:

Emergent Universe Oratorio: Music, Libretto, Art

One line bio for display on the map and on your profile:

Composer, Classical Guitarist, Linguist, Spanish Scholar, Evolutionary-Integral Cosmology/Philosophy, Activist

One website address for display on the map:

http://www.samguarnaccia.com

Your other websites:

http://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/
http://www.emergingearthcommunity.org/
http://www.teilharddechardin.org/