Land of Dreams
FIfty minutes of strange, otherworldly music whirling through a few lives orbiting in and out of The Land of Dreams. Classical composer and former circus organist Ben Richter (The Dr. Christmas Biplane) brings a collection of lonesome hopeful warm dark folk songs, assisted by a full choir, a barn full of unusual instruments, and special guests including members of The Dresden Dolls, Distoria, and Over a Cardboard Sea. These songs were recorded from 2005 to 2009, in the mountains of New England, in an old biplane hangar, in the swampy South, and on a frozen island in Maine. The album features enchantingly vivid full-color artwork inspired by Renaissance mapmaker Olaus Magnus and visionary artist William Blake. The Land of Dreams is a yearning glimpse at the somehow larger, smaller, magical world of dreams, stories, mysterious visions, whispers, childhood, foggy islands, haunting warmth, imagination, wonder, fear, intensity, love, hope, regret, gnomes, spirits, ghosts, flying machines, early phonograph recordings, forgotten ruins, and freshly fallen snow. Featuring: Ben Richter - Voice, accordion, banjo, guitar, piano, saw, organ, triangle, recorder, drums, art, production. Brian Viglione - Bass, voice, percussion, flaming archery. Helena Martin - Drums, voice, piano, production. Wyatt Shibley - Saw, khomus. Lotte Allen - Art, clarinet, voice. Jimmy Dority - Voice, accordion, flaming archery. Jason Webley - Voice. Marie Darling - Voice. Adam Schutzman - Voice. Rebeka Radna - Voice. Atlantic Ocean - Voice. William Blake - Art, words. Jack Byerly - Production. Ace Salisbury - Drums. Sascha Woolfe - Voice. Jesse Brown - Viola. The Land of Dreams Choir and other voices conducted by Daniel Whitener and Ming Aldrich-Gan. Julian Koster, Kate Nemeth, Mattias Kaufman, Ahna Riechmann, Frank Bombaci, Olaus Magnus, Eric Fritch, James Bagwell, Josquin, Hannah Wertheim, Pauline Oliveros - Production assistance, orbiting, art, invisible voices, inspiration, and other presence.