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“The Plains of Shinar” and the “Tower”


The Plains of Shinar: Construction, Theophany, and Desolation (Shinar was where Babel was built)

I have been involved in an ongoing collaboration with the composer Dr. Andrew Sauerwein for over a year to illuminate the Tower of Babel narrative along with T.S. Eliot’s Choruses from the Rock. On February 28th Dr. Sauerwein gave a Composition Recital featuring highlights from his last 25 years of composing. One of those compositions was Tower, a piano piece written alongside the above drawings, which was performed by my lovely wife, Megan Rowan. Below is a video of that performance. We were not trying to literally recreate the events already described in story, but rather create art that captures the mood and sense of the story: art that illuminates rather than illustrates.

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/121032165″>Tower</a&gt; from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user18870526″>Jacob Rowan</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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