New York, NY (August 9, 2011)--Emmy Award-winning composer Jonathan Elias has released Prayer Cycle 2: Path to Zero, a sequel to his critically acclaimed Prayer Cycle album.
The new album follows a string of recent commercial work for Nissan, MSNBC, Audi, Lexus and Sprint by Elias. "This is a legacy project," stated Elias. "You try to write a few things in your lifetime that you can pass down to your kids. I see what kind of world we're leaving behind for them. It seems obvious that if we allow the continuing proliferation of nuclear weapons, there soon won't be much of a world to live in."
Prayer Cycle 2: Path to Zero is a complete six-track song cycle retracing J. Robert Oppenheimer's path of discovery in unlocking the secrets of the atomic bomb. The album features orchestral work, electronic music, rock shades and both sung and spoken-word performances from an eclectic group of contributors who span multiple genres. Robert Downey Jr., Sting and wife Trudie Styler, lead singer Alexander Ebert from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Sinead O' Connor, System of a Down's Serj Tankian, Korn's Jonathan Davis, and, posthumously, Doors frontman Jim Morrison make appearances on the album.
To create a cohesive story from these disparate voices, Elias started by crafting symphonic pieces, then brought in the voices of world singers such as Salif Keita and Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. He then flew around the globe to capture the celebrity voices, either singing a duet with the world singers or, in the case of Robert Downey Jr. or Sting, a voiceover.
Elias learned about Global Zero through Amnesty International, whom he has collaborated with for many years. "When I realized that Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, and Queen Noor were board members, I realized I'd found the right place," he noted. The album already launched on iTunes and will land on NPR radio next week.
Prayer Cycle 2: Path to Zero