…the [Book of I] soundtrack composed by Sarah Wallin Huff stands out as both a powerful album, taking its listener on an emotional journey of beauty, despair, and hope, as well as a fascinating study of the composer’s visceral and intellectual connection to the source material. Featuring the stellar work of musicians Darrell Peries, Caleb Barnes, Cathy Alonzo, Jenna Ford, Lainey Elizabeth White, Brett Bird, Jonatas Mostacato, Ayla Draper, and [Wallin] Huff herself, the album is a stunning collection of gorgeous, orchestral selections comprised mostly of string instruments that are, at times, vividly haunting but always entirely engrossing. [Wallin] Huff, who previously released her own album, Soul of the Machine, earlier this year, clearly has a passion and a gift for sharing every ounce of her mind, body, and soul with the listener, as if providing a warm invitation for the listener to share the same in response.
Sarah’s music has a classy, understated sound, yet it is baroque and ornate, tipping the hat off to genius composers like Debussy, but also tipping the hat off experimental ideas and cinematic scores. Opening number “Intrepid” is a very dynamic composition with a unique color, almost echoing the work of modern composers like Yann Tiersen.
Weeping Willow, featuring “Michael Jung,” is one of our favorite tracks on this release. I love the romantic, dramatic high notes of the string section, as well as the timeless sound of the sparse piano melodies, almost flirting with shades of Tango, in the vein of Astor Piazzolla. A true masterpiece, with so many nuances. The album is also home to a suite extending over 3 tracks, “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep.” These songs also features ambient samples, as well as electronic elements and ornate percussions, making for a really diverse set of colors.
Sometimes the idea behind the music is just as interesting as the music itself…the music on this album “…explores the relationships between mechanical structures, organic beauty, and identity.” …Wallin Huff presents three unusual compositions that tackle some intriguing ideas and topics… Her music is quite complex and unusual and yet…very easy to absorb and appreciate. There’s a lot to take in here… Our favorite is the wonderfully moody and subtle “Gypsy Wanderer”…nothing short of breathtaking.
It is the third piece “The Oracle” that is the crème de la for me with its incredible depth and creative complexity. Dynamics take deep hold here with sudden bursts and calming moments. I really hear the room when flute and clarinet parts elevate along with the brilliant staccato keyboard hits. There are moments when time seems to fall apart and then strings back together in a wonderful interplay among the musicians.
Composed for Ryan M. Luévano and the Neue World Orchestra Project, the 2002 string quartet “Greek Dance” has found new life as a driving work for string orchestra!!! I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to revisit this old little gem of a work! 🙂
Enjoy the digital demo below, and check out NWOP’s first concert on March 10 to hear the debut performance!
We’re doing it– We’re gonna record “Of Roses and Lilies” (my beautiful, neo-Romantic work for Soprano soloist, women’s choir, and small orchestra), this April!!!
And, I want to pay our small orchestra for their work; please consider pitching in, and choose from awesome rewards! Like, getting your name & PHOTO in the Album notes, getting a signed score of the work, getting the finished & signed album, choosing free albums from my existing discography…
This campaign ends March 12th!! Please check it out, and spread the word! We all appreciate your help! 😀
…All this begs the question: If I have the capability of cheaply producing good quality albums on my own, why do I need to fund-raise for this Ultimate Leviathan Project? Why not go it on my own? Simply put…
This piece is just too big for me to produce all on my own.
“Leviathan of the Ancient Deep” is a concerto for 6-string electric violin, EWI, Synth, and orchestra.Collaborating with PARMA Recordings, we want to create a definitive recording of this challenging work, in order to share it with others.
This is a one-of-a-kind concerto that deserves to be heard! Check out the video below exploring the history behind this unique work, and hear a solo snippet from Movement 1 (“Seekers of the Legend”) played by Sarah on her cool Dragon-Violin!
If you agree that this is a work that should be shared with others, visit iSupportNewMusic.com to see how you can help. Set up a custom, subscription-based donation if you like, get exclusive, project-based announcements when you contribute, and choose from an exciting list of rewards!
Soloing on the debut performance of “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep”
And, of course, the biggest thing you can do is spread the word about this project to your circle of connections – never underestimate the power of sharing! 🙂
Did you know about the extensive, mythic story behind the 2008 electric violin concerto, “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep”? Well, now you can enjoy it in epic, literary form AND support the official recording project!
Explore the myth behind the Leviathan concerto in this artistic ebook! Available in both epub and mobi formats.
This original picture-book and poem by Sarah features the three movements and subsections found within her 2008 concerto for 6-string electric violin, EWI, synth, and orchestra, “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep,” allowing the reader to dive into the mythology that built the musical work. This ebook even includes audio clips from both the digital demo recordings and the room recordings of the live performance premiere, illustrating each section of this poetic epic with its matching segment found in the Concerto.
Name your price – all proceeds go toward funding the Recording!
Enjoy a few preview pages below… Thank you for your support! 🙂
Come visit my brand new, self-hosted fundraising site for current recording projects – iSupportNewMusic.com!
Currently, I’m raising money for the Ultimate Leviathan Recording Project. It’s going to be my next major album release with PARMA, featuring my largest and most complicated (and most unique) composition to date – my 2008 concerto for 6-string electric violin, synth, EWI, and orchestra, “Leviathan of the Ancient Deep”!
While I’m able to collaborate with friends to release a lot of my music independently, “Leviathan…” is such a large and fickle work that I really only trust PARMA to get it done right, to bring my ultimate vision of the work to life. 🙂 And, for that, I need your help. Go visit my new website for details!
I anticipate bringing new content to the site regularly, adding news, engaging stories, contests, and more!
“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.
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!!
The recording session for my “Courage Triptych” will be happening THIS Saturday morning, November 9th, (CA time) 12am – 3am!
I’m going to be skyping in on the live session in the Czech Republic with the Moravian Philharmonic — I’m so excited! I’ve never heard this early work of mine done by the pros, or even imagined I’d get the chance to, so this is an exciting and rare thing for me!
Greetings! I thought everyone might be interested in a single post where demos of the five compositions that will be included on my upcoming PARMA album could be found… so that you can take a listen to just a small sample of the awesome-ness that we are producing and that YOU are a vital part of!
In no particular order, the new works to fill this exciting album are:
Anima Mechanicae: Soul of the Machine for string quartet, performed by the New England String Quartet (this sample track is a clip from the recording of the NESQ)[audio https://sarahwallinhuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/01-anima-mechanicae_-soul-of-the-machine_proclip.mp3]
Adoré for string orchestra, performed by the Moravian Philharmonic (this sample track performed by the Aineo Christian Orchestra) [audio https://sarahwallinhuff.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/14_adorc3a9_clip.mp3]
Gypsy Wanderer sonata for violin and piano (sample midi demos below)
Courage Triptych for violin duo, piano, soprano saxophone, and string orchestra, performed by the Moravian Philharmonic (sample midi demos below)
I. A Garden Prayer:
II. Broken Innocence