The Crossroads Project
 

The New York Times

Art Meets Environmental Activism in The Crossroads Project

  "This month's blast of arctic air may have roused climate-change skeptics. But the composer Laura Kaminsky and the painter Rebecca Allan were unfazed. Holed up in their apartment in Riverdale in the Bronx on one of the coldest days in decades, these longtime artist-activists were doing what came naturally: fighting the planet’s warming. The vehicle for their fight was a gathering, in person and by skype, of principals in The Crossroads Project, a performance piece that draws on music, painting, photography and scientific research in an attempt to entertain, enlighten and, ultimately, encourage people to live sustainably."

 

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NPR
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

Climate Scientist Tries Arts To Stir Hearts
Regarding Earth's Fate

"The music is intended to make people think about things like water and glaciers and warming temperatures. But, like all art, it's open to interpretation. The project isn't meant to convert skeptics, Davies says. "It's about convincing people who already believe we have these problems to start behaving like it.'"

 

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washington Post

Fry Street Quartet Explores Earth’s Resources in New Works

"Call it eco-art – multimedia works that focus on the Earth’s gifts and support the sustainability of the planet. Together, their balance, blend and rhythmic cohesion work beautifully... Rising Tide is a carefully structured idiom that makes the most of textures, sometimes delicate and almost weightless, sometimes thick and convoluted, but always vivid. Kaminsky manages both tension and humor in the most natural way, and her final movement conveyed a profound sense of philosophical acceptance."

 

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Reuters

Climate Change Takes to The Stage as Art, Science Combine

"Increasingly, as scientist try to find ways to engage people to act on climate change, they are mixing science and art, looking for a combination that educates, entertains and brings about action. The right balance can be difficult to achieve, Davies admits, but ultimately science and art work well together, he believes. 'It’s really science coopting art in service of effective communication,' he said. 'That artistic sensibility of letting (an audience) interpret what you are doing is completely counter to scientific sensibility, yet in that sense these two disciplines are highly complimentary to each other and each one fills in what the other lacks to communicate literally and viscerally.'"

 

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Boston Globe

Fry Street Quartet Goes Deep on New Album

"Its modes hop from inviting post-minimalism to electrifying dissonance to twisted nostalgia, ending with a pensive ascent. The Fry Street Quartet plays fluently and fluidly, with remarkable unity in unintuitive passages."

 

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ConcertoNet

Warnings About A Most Peculiar Planet

"Dr. Davies is part poet, part NASA scientist, an expert on the fundamental nature of light and information – and a most persuasive communicator on climate change, energy, and sustainability. The Fry Street Quartet were energetic, spirited, each of them delightful soloists and, in the new work, as persuasive as Dr. Davies."

 

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E & E News

A Physicist Lectures on Climate Change with A String Quartet

"Davies found himself floored by the gap between what scientists understood about climate change and what the public did. He assumed the disconnect was due to poor communication and began giving his own lectures on the topic. 'It occurred to me, I'm giving these climate change public lectures and people seem to get it intellectually, but it's difficult to get your brain around the scale of what we're talking about, and I don't just mean the scale of the change, but the scale of the implications for humanity,' he said. He thought back to how chamber music gave his brain the space to unlock the puzzles of physics and think about the problem in a different way."

 

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Yale Climate Connections

Physicist Combines Music, Images and Climate Science

"With original music, Crossroads helps audiences realize how their own actions contribute to climate change. Davies says, 'This process of coming to terms with this knowledge, is necessary and it’s not entirely pleasant. But then we move forward.'"

 

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