“Leviathan” News – the Ultimate Recording Project

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

When it comes to fundraising, personal connection and building meaningful relationships are key.

So, do you know any potentially interested sponsors – corporate and private – in your personal sphere of influence? If so, would you be so kind as to send me a message introducing them to me? I’d be happy to send them a Sponsorship Packet and discuss the opportunity to sponsor this recording personally with them!

Never underestimate the power of your simply sharing this adventure with others… Thank you so much for your help!!

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“The Oracle” Demo Music Video

Presenting a music video for my 2016 work for flute/piccolo, Bb clarinet, violin, cello, and piano.

Using 50 tarot cards to create the framework, there is both an element of chance (in that the process of drawing the cards and their placement in the 5 separate tarot spreads, is all random) and an element of “foreordained knowledge” (or pre-compositional structure). “The Oracle” has thus emerged as a multi-faceted, deeply layered, story-driven reflection of the human condition.
This video comprises the mythical elements and characters found in the tarot cards that make up this piece. What story do you see unfolding?

Lots of New Stuff Going On…

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I wanted to take a moment to share all the excitement with you! ^_^

Firstly, if you recall my last post detailing my processes of writing “The Oracle,” I’m very proud to announce that I did finish (and by the deadline).

Among my side-passions in the regular Journey of Life is the reading of Tarot Cards and their placement in the ancient Tree of Life. I like to take a more psychological approach and use them as a sort of “mirror for the subconscious.” I take joy in the shared symbolism we all have with the characters and stories that are found in a typical deck.

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.

It is definitely one of my most favorite compositions to date! I really can’t wait to have it performed by real professionals someday! 🙂

For now, you can enjoy the digital demo below.

Another demo recording I’ve finally finished was that for “Bonnie Prince Charlie,” a set of traditional Scottish tunes I wrote for two fiddles and band in 2011.

Finally, I was also able to complete the proper and official version of my 2012 song, “Kandy (Your Smile, Your Eyes).” Here’s a cool little secret: I’ve decided I want to include this song in my coming fairytale rock opera… 😉 In just a week or so, I plan on recording the vocals and releasing it as its own single. So keep on the look out for that! 😀

My little performance-collective, Memories & The Gray, was asked back to perform at AMPLYFi in L.A., and you can be sure we’ll be performing both “Bonnie Prince Charlie” and “Candy” that night — you won’t want to miss it! (Plus, we’ll be passing out some gifts at the show, so be sure to get your ticket today!) 😀

Come see us at AMPLYFi in Sunday July 10, 6:30pm!

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“The Oracle” – An Experiment in Aleatorism & Formula

I’m in the middle of composing a real neat piece right now for a July 1 deadline… I’m calling it “The Oracle,” and it’s for flute/piccolo, Bb clarinet, violin, cello, and piano.

matrixoracleWhat I’ve done is set up a complex set of “rules” that guide my writing based on the random drawing of tarot cards… But it’s turned out to be both an aleatoric and a highly flexible process that leaves me with a lot of artistic possibilities, though I’m being guided in the overall structure by the cards I draw and their placement in the spread I’ve chosen.

As you might imagine, knowing me, I’m having a ton of fun with this. There’s something thrilling about the mixture of using both a pre-compositional process that prevents me from fully anticipating the outcome of a work combined with that process allowing for a vast amount of contextual freedom!

Enjoy a sample of the work at the end of this post…

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Northshore Suzuki Strings Perform “Garden Prayer”

In May, the Northshore Suzuki Strings of Milwaukee, WI, under the direction of Carol Waldvogel, performed my work from 1998, “A Garden Prayer” — and they did a marvelous job of it! Check it out for yourself! 😀

 

I also had the great priviledge of being able to chat with these bright and talented students over Skype and answer their questions in person. I had a wonderful time getting to know them all! <3

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Last Day for June 12 Discount!

Purchase your tickets for June 12 TODAY and use code MEMORIES758 to save $2!! Today is the LAST DAY to use this discount code! There are still **9 M&TG Care Packages Left!**

We won’t know what time we play until we have at least 15 tickets purchased… So help us out, don’t miss out on your freebies, and get your tix now!
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June 12 Show at Amplyfi!

We’re at it again! Missed us the last time? Come see us on Sunday June 12 at an all-ages venue! Show starts at 6:30pm. M&TG June Flier

And, we are looking for 10 DEVOTED FANS to give a special package to this time. The first 10 people to purchase their tickets before the show on June 12th will receive a very special care package from us!

Don’t miss out! And be sure to use the promo code MEMORIES120 by June 6 to get $2 off!

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Kesher #1’s first review!

Thank you, thank you to my dear and knowledgeable friend, Morgan Lazo, for the kind, stellar review of “Pursuit of Truth“!

In an America of the distant future, Janice Smith is a fairly ordinary thirteen year old girl with a decent life. Not too rich, not too poor, lives with her mother, with whom she is very close, and while not exceedingly popular, is comfortable socially. Her mother is a political activist who speaks out against the government’s monumental levels of control over the people. Social levels and travel restrictions mean that only the most wealthy and influential have any true free will or options for their lives. Unfortunately, this has gotten the attention of the wrong people. Janice comes home from school to find armed unknowns spiriting her mother away, and Janice must flee for her life and her freedom through a world where everything is monitored and it is unknown who can be trusted.

Janice’s journey is very exciting and without giving spoilers, all I can say is that the manner in which events progress is extremely well-orchestrated. Sarah Wallin-Huff has provided something that this book-lover finds only too rarely: a unique experience. That may not sound like the highest praise, but it is. Her world is very well-developed. The future tech is innovative and conceivable. This book is highly recommended, and I cannot wait for the next one to be released.

If you’ve read and enjoyed this book leave a review at Amazon and help spread the news about this little work of mine. 🙂

And, if you haven’t read it yet, consider getting a copy and giving it a try!

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Pics from Silverlake Lounge

Here are a few fab photos of myself, Lainey, & friends during our “Memories & The Gray” set at Silverlake Lounge!

Last chance Discount Code!

What? 😃 One more Discount Code available: $3 OFF Online Ticket Promo Code–Use MEMORIES721 !! Expires by showtime tomorrow!! aftonshows.com/sarahwallinhuff