Music, Words, Electronics, and Concept by WILLIAM BRITTELLE
Performed by WYE OAK, METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE, & BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS
Spiritual America is a series of electro-acoustic orchestral art songs that explores issues of secular spirituality in American culture. The project is 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 Musuem, 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 Feb. 16, 2018. Additionally, Spiritual America received its West Coast premiere at Los Angeles's Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 5, 2018 as part of an evening also featuring a collaboration between Bon Iver and contemporary dance company TU Dance.
The work was also recently featured by The Nation's David Hajdu, who wrote: "William Brittelle has drawn from classical music, punk rock, and electronica to produce music that is at once free-ranging and a thrill to experience." Furthermore, New Classic LA wrote of the West Coast premiere that "William Brittelle smartly uses genre synthesis not as the point but as the medium for Spiritual America, and we're all the better for getting to hear it."
With a sprawling acoustic ensemble and interwoven electronics, synths, electric guitars, and samples, Spiritual America is far and away the most involved, comprehensive work of William Brittelle's career. Album expenses will be significant. Your support will help cover the cost of tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering the record. Funds will also go towards development of the artwork, promotional materials, and core commissioning for the project's creation. Project donors of any amount will receive full crediting in album materials for their contribution.
The Spiritual America trailer was conceived by William Brittelle and produced by Safety Third Productions, with Katherine Fisher directing.