Both radio-play and concept album, these fountains rare here is a highly original genre-bending blend of songs constructed around the voice. Drawing inspiration from a wide-range of music including Quadrophenia, church hyms, Robert Johnson, Meredith Monk, and generic electronic pop, the album is unified by voice: my singing, speaking, and writing voice.
Born and raised in rural Georgia, I moved to New York in my late 20's to study and make experimental theater. I have been a writer and performer on the downtown NYC theater scene for over a decade. Although I have worked with musicians: most notably with Athens, GA's post-rock/jazz band Kenosha Kid and vibraphonist, Matt Moran, this is the first music I have made. I work in the Roy Hart voice tradition: a tradition that began in post-World War I Europe by exploring "the voice as the muscle of the soul:" an un-gendered instrument with the capacity to express a wide range of emotions and sound beyond those we are conditioned to by cultural norms.
After years of taking my voice apart, this record is the final product in my own process to put it back together again: here I find my way to sing
Featuring: Phil Courie, Martha Courie, Troy Hill, Jack Cox
with Alexandra Augustine, Deanna Kennett, Joy Sanzone, and Marian Courie
Mixed & Mastered by Eric Gorman
Cover Photograph & Design: Marian Courie
The text includes excerpts from Saratoga and How to See It, published 1865, and Reverend Reuben Hyde Sears' 1819 poem about the springs which is engraved in stone panels decorating the arches of Saratoga's historic Roosevelt Baths.