On June 3, Oracle Hysterical and New Vintage Baroque celebrate the release of five new tracks on their recently released album Passionate Pilgrim, called “music that is unstuck in time” in a recent review in the Wall Street Journal. The new tracks, written by Oracle Hysterical vocalist and composer Majel Connery, are the original songs of the cycle that set the course for the album more than a decade ago. The program at National Sawdust also features freshly-minted re-orchestrations by Timo Andres of Benjamin Britten’s Folksong Arrangements for baroque band (featuring tenor Owen McIntosh), and Oracle Hysterical member Elliot Cole’s heartrending living-room opera, Babinagar, based on an Afghani folktale.
ORACLE HYSTERICAL & NEW VINTAGE BAROQUE
SHAKESPEARE AND OTHER POETS IN LOVE
Deluxe Album Release & Concert
Saturday, June 3, 7PM
80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY
646-779-8455 / www.nationalsawdust.org
Passionate Pilgrim, called “poetry, through and through” by Seattle’s Second Inversion, is an artful, rock-infused song cycle with Baroque instrumentation, co-written by composer-performer collective Oracle Hysterical (Elliot Cole, Majel Connery, and Doug and Brad Balliett). The recording, out on VIA Records on March 17, 2017, is a collaboration between Oracle Hysterical and Juilliard-trained period ensemble New Vintage Baroque. Texts from the album are drawn from The Passionate Pilgrim, a poem cycle once attributed to “W. Shakespeare.” The collection was stripped of its stature when the Shakespearean parentage of all but two poems was revealed to be fake. Here this orphaned cycle enjoys new pride of place, reimagined as a mashup of tuneful chamber-pop.
Oracle Hysterical’s distinctive alchemy shines on the album. The period instruments and lush arrangements anchor influences ranging from Purcell, to the Beatles, and My Brightest Diamond.