Let the Sharp Stone Fly
Aria Orion, a new project from composer and performer Jules Gimbrone, weaves mystical tales with experimental arrangements, orchestral dramatics, and soulful melodic phrasing. In the fall of 2008 they recorded an epic narrative entitled, Let the Sharp Stone Fly. "The music is an acoustic dream of eerie, ethereal, bold movements and spine-tingling combination of instruments. Jules emotional shaky high vocal range turns and twists within and mysteriously edges around the instrumentation." (Obsession Collection, 2008) Blending emotive vocals, oboe, upright bass, accordion, drums, violin and electric guitar/lap steel, Aria Orion achieves an arc of textures unique in vision and scope. Poetics of lyrics and instrumentation usher the listener into a world of startling discoveries, each section peeling away a new layer of luminosity and exploration. The experimental nature of instrumentation is juxtaposed with the soothing, familiar cooing of primordial vocal melodies and song structuring. Let the Sharp Stone Fly is the first of a series of aural narratives existing within an ethereal, albeit physically imperative, context. A mountain, shrouded in pines, cut-off from civilization sets the stage for the characters of Let the Sharp Stone Fly. Where a pubescent boy, amatory rabbit, androgynous sooth-sayer (augur), fearful town, and a fleet of birds-turned-missiles all collide. With these encounters, Let the Sharp Stone Fly, performs acts of violence and redemption all in the name of love. A perpetual loneliness is at the heart of this piece, with the characters exhibiting an array of desperate and sometimes destructive attempts at connection, both internally and externally. Reckoning and accepting opposing forces (i.e. dark/light, male/female, I/you, chaos/control, experimentation/predictability) shine through as the universal imperative of the piece.