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Spiritual America is an album of electro-acoustic orchestral art songs by William Brittelle that explores issues of secular spirituality in American culture. The project is six years in the making and being created in collaboration with the Alabama Symphony, Symphony Space, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series/Walker Art Center, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the Baltimore Symphony. Core collaborators include the indie-rock duo Wye Oak, who contribute vocals and percussion throughout, the Metropolis Ensemble, an NYC-based independent orchestra, and the world-renowned Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The project premiered in full at Symphony Space in New York City as part of the Infinite Palette residency on Friday, February 16th, 2018. More info here. The album will be released commercially in Spring 2019.
The live show includes an opening set of material from Wye Oak 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. A companion A/V installation series can be paired with the presentation.
The Spiritual America trailer was filmed on location in the Imperial Valley in Southeastern California. Choreography, dance and direction by Katherine Helen Fisher of Safety Third Productions. The trailer was filmed by Sinziana Velicescu.