In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, composer Dorian Wallace wrote It Is One-Hundred Seconds to Midnight to raise awareness, inspire action, and raise mutual aid.
Collaborating with 16 pianists and 32 dancers from around the globe, the video premiered on Facebook and YouTube on Earth Day, April 22, 8pm ET.
In January 2020, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists set the Doomsday Clock to 100 seconds to midnight due to looming existential threats of nuclear war, climate change, disruptive technologies and most recently the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the closest to midnight the Clock has ever been set.
Dorian Wallace is a composer, pianist, podcaster, teacher, and activist based in New York City. He is a co-founding artistic director of progressive new music collective Tenth Intervention, and conductor of the improvisational septendectet, The Free Sound Ahn-somble. His compositions have been performed worldwide at venues such as The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, Pompidou Centre, Palais Jacques Coeur, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and National Sawdust. Wallace has composed and collaborated with artists including Robert Ashley, Experiments In Opera, Frank London, Matt Marks, Charlotte Mundy, New Vintage Baroque, Paul Pinto, RIOULT Dance, John Sanborn, and Pamela Z. Wallace is one of New York City’s most in demand accompanists for dance, playing for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, Columbia University, and many others. He developed Ichonautics, a music philosophy, composition, and improvisational approach, and has given masterclasses and guest artist residencies around the world.