To celebrate the release of my book God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet, I’ll be joined by my friends in the medieval music ensemble Resonanda at the magnificent Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn, New York. Readings from the book will intermingle with selections of medieval song, restoring the search for proof of the existence of God into the joys, the longings, and the struggles from which it came.
Resonanda was founded in December 2004 by Stephen Higa, who is currently a professor of medieval history at Bennington College. Since its inception, Resonanda’s members have taken an experimental approach to the performance of medieval song. In order to resurrect this antique repertoire, they work closely with medieval treatises and the nuanced period notation, relying heavily on improvisation, oral learning, and a wide variety of reconstructed vocal techniques. Resonanda savors lilting melodies, startling harmonies, and striking voices blending with fervent clarity and naked devotion.
Staff from Unnamable Books, an independent bookstore located nearby in Prospect Heights, will be present with copies of God in Proof for sale.
An after-party will be held following the performance with excellent beer, wine, and small dishes at Atlantic Co., 622 Washington Avenue.