Church of the Friendly Ghost presents Songs from the Rainshadow's Edge
Songs from the Rainshadow’s Edge is a five-part song cycle by Benton Roark accompanied by a 33-minute film created for the piece by Jeanne Stern.
Scored for the unusual complement of soprano, narrator, electric guitar, flute, viola, double bass, percussion, and sampled sounds, this performance takes the listener deep into a lush soundscape populated by post-impressionistic textures, sweeping vocal lines, haunting lullabies, and fleeting clouds of microtonality. A seasoned composer and songwriter, Roark has in this work pioneered a language that merges his eclectic influences from avant-garde and folk traditions, crafting a work that shows a “deep unity of music and text.”
The film features lush otherworldly landscapes comprised of miniature environments, and kaleidoscopic video of Austin and northern Portugal.
Featuring opening acts The Dimmer Twins [May 27] and Jesse Beaman (My Empty Phantom) [May 28].
The performance will include Canadian soprano Kathleen Allan and Austin performers Sean Harvey (percussion), Julie Slim (narrator), Janie Cowan (bass), Alan Retamozo (guitar), Seetha Shivaswamy (flute), and Andrew Noble (viola).