Track 2 | 7:38
Jennifer Montbach, oboe
Adrian Morejon, bassoon
Gabriela Diaz, violin
Miriam Bolkosky, cello
Sarah Bob, piano

Jonathan Bailey Holland’s music has been described as “…evocative and beautifully crafted …” (Cincinnati Post). Originally from Flint, Michigan, Holland studied composition with Ned Rorem at the Curtis Institute of Music, and later earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he studied with Bernard Rands and Mario Davidovsky. His works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by numerous ensembles and soloists, and he has been the recipient of awards and honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Fromm Foundation, among others. Currently, he is Chair of Composition, Theory and History at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and is a founding faculty member in the Music Composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Synchrony  is about duality on many levels, and in many ways: from the instrumentation and their possible combinations – oboe and bassoon, violin and cello, oboe and cello, violin and bassoon, etc.; to musical form and structure – call and response, imitation, repetition; to the external influences – black and white race relations, class relations within and between races, morality vs emotion, double standards of laws and socially accepted behavior, confronting symbols vs confronting ideology.  While these issues pervade the news these days with an alarming frequency, I, as an African-American composer of classical music, live this duality every day.

I would like to thank Jen Montbach for allowing me so many opportunities to be freely creative and expressive, and all of the members of the Radius Ensemble for their unfaltering and unbiased commitment to making music.

– Jonathan Bailey Holland

Synchrony includes brief excerpts from two public speeches, as well as documentary audio from the arrests of Eric Garner and Sandra Bland. The full source material is below.


Video of world premiere performance (November 14, 2015)


President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address: January 21, 2013


Eric Garner amateur cell phone arrest video, July 17, 2014


Cicely Tyson’s speech at the 2015 Black Girls Rock awards (NB: video plays automatically)


Sandra Bland police dashcam arrest video: July 10, 2015


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