Washington, DC — Dedicated to relaying the experience of faith through music and poetry, the RADIANT OBSCURITY COLLECTIVE is pleased to announce two performances within the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The RADIANT OBSCURITY COLLECTIVE will make their Atlanta debut with a concert at Our Lady of the Assumption on August 22, 2017, at 7pm. The next day, they will assist with music for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at Marist School, celebrated by Archbishop Wilton Gregory, before performing a full concert at Marist School on August 23, 2017, at 7pm.
Through musical interpretations of poetry by St. Francis of Assisi, G.K. Chesterton, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, and Rumi, THE RADIANT OBSCURITY COLLECTIVE tells the tale of humankind’s experience of faith. Punctuated by three settings of the Angelus, the piece takes the form of a single ‘day’ and tries to capture the depths of darkness, sorrow, and confusion, as well as the inexpressible joy brought about by
faith and a relationship with the Divine.
The ensemble is led by saxophonist and composer NIK RODEWALD, a seminarian with the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers & Brothers) in Washington, DC. A native of Nashville, TN, Rodewald is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he received the 2014 Clare Fischer Jazz Composition Award. His debut album, To the Immaculate Virgin (On a Winter’s Night), which features musical
settings of poetry by Gerard Manley Hopkins and Thomas Merton, debuted in November 2016.
Timeless texts telling the tale of faith are delivered by vocalist CHRISTINA SMITH, a student of operatic voice at Boston University. Smith comes to the project on the heels of her first release, Evensong, a collaborative effort with composer/pianist MICHAEL ENWRIGHT and the ensemble ‘Puzzled Laymen.’ THE RADIANT OBSCURITY COLLECTIVE also features composer/guitarist ELI ROBERTS, whose theatrical adventures pack venues throughout the Boston area; and bassist/vocalist/composer ASA SPRING (of ‘Charmer’ and ‘Rogozo’), fresh off a
national tour with the Columbus, OH based punk band, Farseek; as well as pianist DANNY MILLER.
Together with their eclectic musical backgrounds and individual experiences of faith, these musicians deliver a musical and literary anthropology of what it means to have faith, of the oscillation of the experienced absence and presence of God, and of living in a world that, as Emily Dickinson puts it, “is not conclusion.”