Not Quite a Sunset

Not Quite a Sunset is a hypertext opera composed between 2014 and 2018. The piece follows scientist Dr. Sara Reyes as she investigates strange phenomenon on an extrasolar space station and the planet it orbits. The listener responds to the choices Sara herself faces, thus choosing the direction of the story and the music.

The recording features Michael Matsuno (flute), Madison Greenstone (clarinet), Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Batya Macadam-Somer (violin), Jennifer Bewerse (cello), Kiyoe Wellington (double bass), and Kirsten Ashley Wiest (voice). Recording engineers were Andres Guitierrez for the instrumental recordings and Colin Zyskowski for the vocal recordings.

You can play a preview version of the piece here. Note to Chrome users: you may not hear music until after you click an option. Unfortunately, it is not currently compatible with mobile browsers.