Dr. Jones and the L.A. Baroque to perform “In Nomine Terra Calens,” (In the Name of a Warming Earth): The Music of Climate Change

Music composed by Dr. Lucy Jones, based on data about the changing global climate, will be performed by Jones and the Los Angeles Baroque at the Night of Ideas on February 1, 2019, at 6:45 pm at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.

Lucy Jones, noted seismologist and Founder and Chief Scientist of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, also plays the viol, a Renaissance string instrument, with Los Angeles Baroque. Her piece, “In Nomine Terra Calens,” (In the Name of a Warming Earth) for four viols, is based on the change in global average temperature. Using the “In Nomine” compositional form from the 17th century, one line portrays the average global temperature from 1880 to 2017, where temperature has been converted into pitch.

Accompanying the music is a movie presenting an animation of the same data, created by Ming Tai, Director of the Motion Design Program at Art Center College of Design and Art Director, El Ogorodova, with Art Center student, Chris Yoon. Together, the music and animation will provide an emotional experience of the increasing temperature overtaking our planet.

The music will be performed by members of the Los Angeles Baroque (LAB), including Dr. Jones. LAB  is L.A.’s community baroque orchestra, directed by Lindsey Strand Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon. Founded in 2016, LAB enables community, professional and student musicians from across greater Los Angeles to explore repertoire, learn baroque playing style and perform. It supports and expands the early music community in L.A. and gives all highly motivated players the opportunity to participate. The Night of Ideas presentation will feature a quartet of viola da gamba (viol) musicians: Josh Lee, treble viol; Shanon Zusman, tenor viol; Dr. Lucy Jones, bass viol; and Los Angeles Baroque’s Artistic Director Alexa Haynes-Pilon, bass viol.

For more information on Night of Ideas, visit: https://nhm.org/site/activities-programs/night-of-ideas

For more information on LA Baroque, visit: https://www.losangelesbaroque.org/