Rose & the Nightingale’s project Spirit of the Garden celebrates the sublimity of gardens through song & poetry. Inspired by botanical gardens the world over, and the sense of contempation & connection one can experience in these special spaces, Spirit of the Garden’s lyrical, energetic, and inspiring music features three part vocal harmonies, violin, cello, piano, trumpet, and percussion. Post-concert remarks from audience members have shown Rose & the Nightingale’s ability to cut through to a deeper level of human connection through the energy of music.
All the lyrics in Spirit of the Garden are poems celebrating the nexus of spirituality and nature, and the ability to connect and feel a part of something greater through open & aware engagement with the natural world. The songs offer immense gratitude to botanical gardens’ role as contemplative and inspirational spaces. Poets featured include living American poets Maria Brady Smith (MO), Ella Cvancara (AL), Wyn Cooper (VT), Silvi Alcivar (CA), Evan Karp (CA), famous Japanese haiku masters Hoitsu, Shiki, Koyo, and Issa, and translations by Jeannette Rogers (NC) of Miquel Decor (France), and Coleman Barks (GA) of Rumi (Persian, 13th century).
The album was officially released on Sunnyside Records on May 7, 2013.