SONGS FROM THE RAINSHADOW'S EDGE (REDSHIFT RECORDS, TK444)
nominated for Classical Composition of the Year by the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards
On March 24th, Arkora released Songs from the Rainshadow's Edge (Redshift Records) at Roulette in Brooklyn with a performance presented by Ear Heart Music. Described as an “intense inward journey” (Vancouver Courier) and a "dream-like state" (Musetta Stone), this five-part cycle is a mythopoetic journey across the threshold of psychic rupture and back again. The evening also featured the premiere of Austin-based artist Jeanne Stern's hauntingly exquisite film created to complement the piece. Written and premiered in Vancouver, BC in 2012, Songs from the Rainshadow's Edge is a delicate and evocative melding of poetry and instrumental timbre that creates a shimmering world of questions and bittersweet nostalgia. Exploring the psychological phenomenon of depersonalization, the poetic impetus stems from the rainshadow (the elusive shadow of sun in the rainy Northwest) as a metaphor for relativism in perception of self and the world. With sung poetry by the composer punctuated by spoken passages on the subject by authors such as Huxley, Carroll, Amiel, and Sartre, the arc of the music and text leads the listener through diverse perspectives on the subject from existentialist, Buddhist, and Jungian philosophies.