The week of The Sea being the whirlwind that it was, our debrief to you here is much belated; an indication only of the resulting exhaustion in the days following, and then it was on to the next project, and the next. Nevertheless, months later, we are still singing the tunes, drumming the hooks, and quoting the lines that made up this incredible show. We are in love.
This project was one of the riskiest endeavors A Far Cry has undertaken: our first feature-length commission, with all of the unknown factors that came along with it. It became evident very quickly, however, that our risk had paid off and that, far beyond being merely a “successful” commission, we had a classic on our hands.
As composers and collaborators, the members of Oracle Hysterical brought something truly special, composing brilliantly, performing eloquently, and collaborating thoughtfully. Elliot Cole’s Deep Sea Dive is nothing short of a masterpiece; a musical depiction of an oceanic depth chart, depicting various landmarks, creatures, and discoveries along the way. It was lovely, moving, and… informative. Majel Connery’s vocals throughout the program transfixed the audience, so much so that we still hear raves many months later: “loved the Bach tonight! When’s Majel coming back? She’s amazing!” Finally, the Balliett brothers, Brad and Doug, brought so much genius, as we knew they would; Brad’s pieces were by turns edgy and lovely, brilliantly setting text by Shakespeare and the Book of Jonah; and Doug’s contributions closed out the program resoundingly, a ballad about drowned sailor, and a depiction of a scene from Homer’s Odyssey that seamlessly ranged stylistically from sea shanty to Queen to The Beastie Boys.
In the immediate follow up we received an excellent review from one of our most demanding critics, and have since been cobbling together video clips, which we are able to distribute privately for promotional use [please ask us! email@example.com]. Already in our rehearsal period there was much talk about mounting further productions, and that is the stage in which we currently find ourselves, working to mount a project website that will support future touring and recording.
This concert hit so many of the right notes in many respects, multi-disciplinary in scope, drawing on the visual, literary, and musical arts, with an overall feeling that was fresh, exciting, and new, friendly yet edgy. It is our firm belief that this is a piece that needs to be shared with a wider audience, and we look forward to doing so! Stay tuned!