Spiritual America is a series of electro-acoustic orchestral art songs that explores issues of secular spirituality in American culture. The project is co-commissioned by the Alabama Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series/Walker Art Center, the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Baltimore Symphony, and Symphony Space. At its core, Spiritual America is a collaboration between William Brittelle (all text and music) and indie rock duo Wye Oak, who contribute vocals and percussion throughout. The project is slated for full premiere and recording in early 2018 - Metropolis Ensemble, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Wye Oak will comprise the ensemble. The album will be released commercially in late 2018/early 2019.
The live show includes an opening set of material from Wye Oak’s seminal album Shriek (out on Merge in April 2014), recomposed for orchestra, including new material created specifically for this project. An alternate chamber version of the project (including the opening set) is in development.
The Spiritual America trailer was filmed on location on the frozen surface of Canopus Lake in Fahnestock State Park in upstate New York during a snowstorm. Choreography and dance is by Katherine Helen Fisher. The trailer was filmed and directed by Stephen S. Taylor.