The Valerie Project
The Valerie Project is an ambitious undertaking by the cream of Philly's folk scene. The collective, which includes Greg Weeks (Espers, Grass), Margie Wienk (Fern Knight) and Brooke Sietinsons (Espers, Grass), with harpist Mary Lattimore, cellist Helena Espvall (Espers), Vocalist Tara Burke (Fursaxa), bassist/percussionist Jesse Sparhawk (Fern Knight, Timesbold), flautist/keyboardist Jessica Weeks (Woodwose, Grass), electronicist Charles Cohen and percussionist Jim Ayre (Fern Knight, Rake) sought to re-envision the soundtrack to the Czech New Wave film, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders." The film, is a dark allegory to a woman's coming of age presented in a very surreal manner. The collective has rerecorded Lubos Fiser's original score and are currently touring and playing along with a screening of the film. The music is lush and dark, a dizzying array of cinematic breadth and wooded folk mixing into a hypnotic landscape. Over the course of the 30 tracks, the emotive and surreal qualities of the film pour out through the score; giving just as much of a journey as an actual screening. The tour so far is short but if the collective do wander through your area, don't miss a chance to see the full project in action. A schedule can be found HERE.
[MP3] The Valerie Project - Elsa
[MP3] The Valerie Project - Death and Rebirth
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