New Kabbalistic Chamber Music Album!

Check out my new, Kabbalah- and mythology-centered album coming out soon with CBTTF Records!
We’re having a free album release party in a couple of weeks — hope to see you there! 🙂

“The word Paroketh (PRKTh) refers to the Four Elements: Peh (Water), Resh (Air), Kaph (Fire), and Tau (Earth). It is the Veil of the Temple before the Holy of Holies… a veil made up of the four classical elements of the human body” (Dan Sewell Ward, Feb 2007). In the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, the “Veil of Paroketh” lies between the middle branches of intention, or consciousness, and the lowest branches of our physical reality…

via Paroketh’s Veil — Sarah Wallin Huff

Awesome New Meditation Track for You!

I recently finished a 15-minute long meditation track for someone in the community, and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this track — all thanks to the gorgeous Native American flute work of Alissa Skorik which I just couldn’t resist infusing into this meditative texture (definitely check out her debut album Eluna!).

Anyway, this particular single, Spirit Walk, is just a little something I assembled for meditation purposes, for creating a feeling of calming love and bliss. I’ve been using it (with various other meditation tracks, of course) when executing my new daily routine of Taichi Quigong Shibachi… more on that later… 😉

Hope you enjoy this lovely, soothing track as well! 🙂

The Ultimate Leviathan Project

Now that I’ve revealed more of myself ;-P I wanted to share with you all one more TOTALLY mythic, epic project I’m working on…

Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” is a three-movement, 25-minute concerto for 6-string electric violin, EWI, Synth, and orchestra. Written in 2008 and not premiered live until 2016, it is indeed a monster of a work:

“…it’s a fantastic piece – imaginative, engaging, and pretty wild” (Sam Renshaw)

Collaborating with PARMA Recordings and the Moravian Philharmonic of the Czech Republic, we are working to create a definitive recording of this challenging, cinematic work so that its dramatic sonic experience can be shared widely with others.

Please consider helping us reach our funding goal to make this unique recording a reality. All the info and rewards are at: ffnd.me/at/479/909/#/story

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A New Quintet, brought to you by Tarot

I’m finally in a position to share more about myself here. It feels good to embrace who I am… 🙂

In my “real life,” I’m a professional violinist-composer, and I write sci-fi novels, too.

Well, in response to a call-for-scores not too long ago, I composed a new work for flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, called “The Oracle.”

I used a total of 50 tarot cards to construct the framework for this quintet. Because there is both an element of chance (in that the process of my drawing the cards and their placement in the 5 separate tarot spreads I used, is all random) and an element of “foreordained knowledge” (or pre-compositional structure), the resulting textures of this work are rich with meaning indeed.

Essentially, each suit of the Minor Arcana (Fire, Water, Air, and Earth) was assigned to one of the melodic instruments (respectively: violin, cello, flute, clarinet), and all of the Major Arcana was assigned to the piano. Each number of the Minor Arcana was assigned an interval which, in combination with its card’s proper meaning, formed the basis on which that instrument’s featured melody was built.

For the Major Arcana, I mapped out the piano’s full range in accordance with the branches of the Tree of Life. When a Major Arcana card was drawn, that card’s typical placement on the Tree guided me to which register the piano’s line would be placed. And, as with the Minors, a card’s traditional interpretation was a key factor in the styling and mood of each part for the piano.

“The Oracle” has thus emerged as a multi-faceted, deeply layered, story-driven reflection of the human condition.

Here’s a video I put together that comprises the mythical elements and characters found in the tarot cards that make up this piece. What story do you see unfolding?

I thought you all might appreciate and enjoy the story and complexity of this work. Enjoy! ❤