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Overview


Carlisle Evans Peck

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Overview


Carlisle Evans Peck

Carlisle Evans Peck

Pianist||Singer-Songwriter||Composer

"Artists who manufacture melancholy are a dime a dozen. What Carlisle does goes so much beyond that--he creates music that shoulders past my loud emotions and finds the small feelings that I am too distracted to notice. He gives word and melody to the silent parts of myself, and lifts them right in front of my face"

-Tyler Sit, Minneapolis pastor and church planter

"I get the impression that he notices the air he breathes and the ground he walks on more than most people I've met.  His music would be comfortably at home alongside a gurgling spring or mixed with the wind through treetops."

-Kevin Mason, singer-songwriter

 

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Sights and Sounds


Sights & Sounds

Sights and Sounds


Sights & Sounds

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Watershed


Water||Shed

Watershed


Water||Shed

Carlisle Evans Peck has crafted what may be his best work yet. Water||Shed is haunting and hypnotic, politically charged, yet spiritually uplifting. The music blends the grace of choral music with a jagged and prophetic voice reminiscent of Laurie Anderson or [Antony].
— Vernon Meidlinger-Chin, of Floodmark Magazine

WATER||SHED is a suite of songs and poetry about rivers, lakes, and seas, our sacred relationship to them, and their continual poisoning and destruction at the hands of human greed.

Listen to, or purchase, the whole album here:

WATER||SHED

(lyrics)

Water Is Life

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Ekphrasis


Ekphrasis

Ekphrasis


Ekphrasis

 

"Ekphrasis" is a Greek word literally meaning to speak out or elaborate. In the academy of Socrates, students would practice "ekphrasis" by painstakingly translating a statue or painting into verse. In later years, it came to mean any crossing over between artistic media. I find a less direct, but more truthful translation of the word is "becoming". 

In composing and recording this album, my self was translated between many forms. Layers were peeled away. Marrow and pith exposed. New trappings were found. The music was transformed in the paintings of Vatina McLaurin and the poetry of Alex Blust. It was tumbled over in the ebb and flow of seasons. And finally, the being was incarnated physically as a pheasant, cast to the roadside. 

This is a saga of thawing, dredging, breaking, tilling, growing, burning, reforming, and becoming. 

Listen to Ekphrasis

 
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Photo credits: 

Christine Evans//Carlisle Evans Peck//Vatina McLaurin (artwork as well)//Carlisle Evans Peck//Abby LeGare//Abby LeGare//Carlisle Evans Peck