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Metier Records proudly presents "Resonating Earth," the latest album by acclaimed pianist Carolyn Enger. Resulting from a multimedia project, developed in collaboration with producer and video artist Elliott Forrest, visual artist Myles Aronowitz, and photographer/activist J. Henry Fair, the work addresses the urgent climate crisis through the transformative power of music and art.Resonating Earth emerged from Enger's profound connection to nature and her dedication to environmental activism. Living in a wooden house outside Manhattan, Enger draws inspiration from the natural vibrations of her seven-foot Steinway piano, her personal yoga and meditation practices, and her profound love for the planet. This album, born from those inspirations, offers a sonic environment conducive to contemplation and openness, featuring a diverse collection of compositions that span multiple generations and schools of thought.The album opens and closes with works by Meredith Monk, whose pieces "Quarry Waltz" and "Ellis Island" frame the program with themes of totalitarianism and the promise of freedom. Interwoven throughout are compositions by Marcos Balter, Nico Muhly, Wolfgang Rihm, Missy Mazzoli, John Cage, John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Iman Habibi, Caroline Shaw, and Sean Hickey-each bringing unique perspectives and emotional depth to the project.Key highlights include:Marcos Balter's Bagatelle: A piece filled with simple, spare gestures fading into chasms of silence, creating a resonant environment for reflection.Nico Muhly's Lilt: Broadcasting assurance through steady rising fourths and hymn-like melody.John Luther Adams's Nunataks: Inspired by the solitary peaks of glaciers, evoking human isolation and vulnerability in the face of climate change.Iman Habibi's in the brittle quietude: Reflecting on the pandemic's impact and hoping for a more equitable and conscientious future.Resonating Earth not only showcases Enger's lyrical and dynamic playing but also her deep commitment to using art as a means to inspire and provoke thought about our relationship with the planet. Enger's previous recordings have garnered critical acclaim, with The New York Times and Gramophone praising her ability to elevate musical miniatures to profound levels.Enger's extensive performance history includes prestigious venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the National Gallery in Oslo. Her multimedia collaborations extend to exhibits at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and the Jewish Museum Berlin.Resonating Earth is more than an album; it is a call to action, a reminder of the interconnectedness of art, humanity, and the environment. About Carolyn EngerPianist Carolyn Enger has gained critical acclaim for her deeply felt interpretations and dynamic performances. Her Naxos recording of Ned Rorem's miniatures was named one of The New York Times' "Best in Classical Recordings," and she continues to captivate audiences worldwide with her passion, skill, and genuine warmth. A Steinway Artist, Enger is dedicated to bringing music to diverse audiences in accessible civic spaces.