The composing process: The Lost Cosmonaut
While composing, I had scenes from my favorite hero movies in mind (think Balboa, 007, Skywalker), and along the way, I created my own hero, The Lost Cosmonaut. There is a conspiracy that during the space race Russians were sending cosmonauts into space without knowing how to get them back. That sense of the unknown parallels the feeling I have about releasing an album of all original music, and every song on the album paints a scene from the journey. I describe it as a soundtrack for a movie that doesn’t exist, but when you come to a live show, I tell the story.
The album is driven by complex melodies and features a big, cinematic sound with violin, string arrangements and piano. I have been promoting the album with public shows from Buffalo to San Francisco - some even with full orchestral accompaniment!