GENRES: Contemporary Christian, a cappella, experimental liturgical music
INFLUENCES: Dan Schutte; Ricky Manalo; Tony Alonso; Janèt Sullivan Whitaker; Rajaton; Gene Puerling and Singers Unlimited; Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys; Jon Anderson and Yes; Roger Waters and Pink Floyd
RELEASE YEAR: 2017
ALBUM CODE: IRK 2017 02
Chris Trinidad’s Corde Temporis
Experimental liturgical music that breathes new life into ancient Christian texts
You may recognize the lyrics, but the melodies will surprise you! Chris Trinidad has collected texts from a variety of traditions (the Psalms, Jesuit prayers, Eastern Orthodox liturgy), setting them to captivating contemporary music.
Some of the music is a cappella — “Ubi Caritas” sounds like the Pentatonix singing a Benedictine prayer in Latin. The Psalm settings are adventurous explorations that mix rich jazz chords, pop melodies, and the sensibilities of contemporary Catholic composers. Other songs feature haunting chants, traditional Filipino instruments, hand percussion, radio broadcast samples, and even Morse code. Whether you’re looking for new worship service music or just wanting personal inspiration, this album has something for you.
Chris Trinidad: voice, piano, keyboards, fretless bass guitar, percussion, babendil, sarunay, bell lyra, melodica, octavina; Catherine Cheng: voice; Therese Gorman: voice; Radmar Jao, SJ: voice; Jennifer Owens-Jofré: voice; Conway Tan: voice; David Zelenka: voice; Jordan Kirkner: violin