It is my absolute pleasure to present the video for “Cistern,” premiered by the folks at Observer.com
I have worked with a team of artists over the past two years, helmed by the immensely talented Jim Batt (who also directed the video for “Young and Lovely”), shot footage all over the world, and subjected myself to the harshest of elements in order to assemble the visual counterpoint to “Cistern.”
I am not typically a visually-oriented guy, but after being in the cistern in complete darkness, my brain could not help but visualize an epic journey through space and time. Each song on the album has its own video; the video for “Cistern” is a supercut edit of all of the individual videos. I hope you enjoy it!
I must extend a huge thank you to all of the people who worked on the video: Director, Cinematographer and Co-Producer – Jim Batt; Cinematographers – Sam Graydon, James Reeves, David Rowe; Assistants – Evan Lorden, Mayumi Heider.
If you missed it, a 3-minute cut of the “Cistern” video was broadcast every August night in Times Square for Times Square Alliance's “Midnight Moment.” On the 21st and 22nd, I performed some of the music from Cistern in the middle of Times Square with members of Contemporaneous in a Silent Orchestra!
Reuters was there to capture the event live on Facebook. Bust Magazine also wrote about the events. Tonight (8/31) is the final night to catch the "Cistern" video on the big screens in Times Square, including the newest addition -- the largest digital billboard in the world (!) -- so if you happen to be in NYC, check it out!
While I was in New York, I also stopped by WNYC to chat with John Schaefer for Soundcheck. I played a few tunes from Cistern with a string quartet of Contemporaneous players: Finnegan Shanahan and Josh Henderson on violins, Sarah Haines on viola, and JY Lee on cello. You can listen to that session here.