Passionate Pilgrim (Deluxe Edition)
Passionate Pilgrim, called “poetry, through and through” by Seattle’s Second Inversion, is an artful, rock-infused song cycle with Baroque instrumentation, co-written by composer-performer collective Oracle Hysterical (Elliot Cole, Majel Connery, and Doug and Brad Balliett). Texts from the album are drawn from The Passionate Pilgrim, a poem cycle once attributed to “W. Shakespeare.” The collection was stripped of its stature when the Shakespearean parentage of all but two poems was revealed to be fake. Here this orphaned cycle enjoys new pride of place, reimagined as a mashup of tuneful chamber-pop.
The new deluxe edition, out on VIA Records on June 2, 2017, features five previously unreleased pieces.
Join us June 3 at National Sawdust for the album release concert– also featuring re-orchestrations by Timo Andres of Benjamin Britten’s Folksong Arrangements for baroque band (featuring tenor Owen McIntosh), and Oracle Hysterical member Elliot Cole’s striking living-room opera, Babinagar, based on an Afghani folktale.
VIA Records | VIA-15 | Release Date: Jun. 2 2017