Letters to Distant Cities Various Artists



release date: March 29, 2011

release date: March 29, 2011

Letters to Distant Cities is a multi-media project curated and produced by photographer and videographer Murat Eyuboglu, exploring urban solitude through the poetry of Turkish-American poet Mustafa Ziyalan. The album features vocals by singer-songwriter Shara Worden of My Brighest Diamond and Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Penelope along with Clare Muldaur Manchon of Clare and the Reasons, and musical accompaniment by indie-classical multi-instrumentalist/composer Rob Moose of yMusic.

The project is a spoken-word album bookended by two original songs: My Brightest Diamond’s ”The Sea” and Clare and the Reasons’ ”Invisible.” “The Sea” opens the album and cracks the door to a mythical realm, into which Shara Worden enters and embodies the female persona of Ziyalan’s poetry, which fellow poet Murat Nemet-Nejat remarks “reprents a social reality beyond national borders” and “points to the prophetic nature of Turkish poetry becoming a medium for a global sensibility.” Wordens twenty-four spoken poetic snapshots are connected by Rob Moose’s incidental reflections and interventions for violin. After the poetry, “Invisible” closes the album, drifting wistfully to its bittersweet conclusion. NewMusicBox says its an album that "…seduces those listening…into a waking dream."

In addition to the CD, the album package includes a set of 24 pristine keepsake cards, comprising a photographic illustration for each of Zilayan’s poems collected on the recording. The images were captured by project visionary Murat Eyuboglu with model Jamie Ansley. Designer Adam Frint brings musical, poetic, and photographic elements together, creating a physical connection to the album’s sense of memorabilia.


  1. The sea

  2. Sugar Cube In Rain

  3. The Most Unknown Fruit

  4. The Starfish, The Sleeper

  5. Gone

  6. Letters To Distant Cities

  7. Midsummer's Winter

  8. Dimming Eyes

  9. The Red Balloon

  10. Close Your Eyes

  11. The Cloud-Likeness

  12. Ripples

  13. Ghostly Flowers

  14. Truant Colts

  15. In The City's Caverns

  16. Bliss

  17. Her Poems

  18. In The Land Of Sleep

  19. Invisible