I’m very happy to announce the album that’s been a long time coming: “Valley of the Shadow: Rites of Loss”.
This eclectic, classical crossover suite for strings, voices and sound design explores the universal narratives of loss through moods like denial, bargaining and anger. It prominently features string quartet, but incorporates solo and choral voices and a wide variety of genres and instrumentation.
You can hear it online, and it is available on all major digital platforms including iTunes. My hope is to create a space for conversation and contemplation around issues so often shrouded in obscurity, so please get involved, comment, share, and enjoy.
Classic FM‘s Tamara LePine-Williams interviews Nic Paton about “Valley of the Shadow”, 15 Feb 2016.
“Valley of the Shadow: Rites of Loss” is to be launched tomorrow, Friday 12th Feb 2016. The final preview is track 8, “Adieu”. This moss-gatherer was first conceived in 2004, and is an undulating journey, with a heady climax, so listen right through to soprano Carmen Kinsey’s devastating final note.
Track 6, “Gone to Ground” is a space where time is suspended. Where you sink into silence, and return after all is said and done, to the root of your being. Listen for the unexpected embrace of the chorale later on, holding and comforting as you find yourself in a state of acceptance.
Track 2, Slow Dawn, takes us to the beginning of the process: denial. It traces the awakening from the sleep of denial and dissociation, the uncomfortable process of waking up to reality, especially in as far as it is experienced as diminished.
The finale (track 9), is a consolation, a final acceptance and integration of the journey from source to destination. The Italian is attributed to Leonardo Da Vinci. Soloists are Marco Titus (baritone) and Carmen Kinsey (soprano).
Mentre pensavo che stavo imparando a vivere,
Ho imparato come morire.
While I thought that I was learning how to live,
I have been learning how to die.
This coming week, audio previews of “Valley of the Shadow: Rites of Loss”, an eclectic, classical-crossover suite for strings, voices and sound design, will be available in anticipation of the album’s launch.
“Valley of the Shadow” explores the universal narratives of loss through moods like denial, bargaining and anger. It prominently features strings quartet, but incorporates solo and choral voices and a wide variety of genres and instrumentation.