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Artist in Residence 2015, Spark & Echo Band

Joshua 6; Ezekiel 16:4-42, 59-63; Micah 5:2; Acts 18:19-21; 19:8-12, 20:16-24; Ephesians 1:1-2, 5-17; 6:23-24; Hebrews 13:14; Revelation 2:4; 21; 22:1-5

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

(Revelation 22:1-5)


October 5, 2015

For this post we are sharing sketches of the final two biblical cities we are personifying in our Cities Project song cycle for the Spark and Echo Band. So far we have compositions on Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Ephesus, and here we are adding the “New City” from Revelation chapters 21-22 and Jericho. In the song about Jericho we hear the story of the walls falling down from Joshua 6, but from the city’s point of view. These sketches only have some of the instrumentation layered it, but hopefully it will be enough to get a sense of the direction of each composition.

It’s been fun to write for this ensemble, and a challenge to wrap my head around the entire project. With these sketches though, I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. That light has some real instruments and musicians under it and I’m excited to get them recorded. I’ve decided that we’ll get a better end product if we record this work “studio style”. At one point I had planned to gather the musicians together for one weekend and try to put the entire cycle together and then record them live. I think that’s too risky now that I see how much material there is, so I’m going to connect with these musicians one at a time and build the recording that way. I think the result will be a solid recording that still captures the energy of the full ensemble.

Demo Of New City


Demo Of Jericho


Previous Demos

Demo Of I Passed By


Demo Of I’m Small


Demo Of Ephesus


Follow the development of the Spark and Echo Band’s project by reading this in addition to their first, second, and fourth posts as a 2015 Artist in Residence.

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