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The Peter Ulrich Collaboration is a collaboration helmed by Peter Ulrich, former percussionist for the iconic Dead Can Dance, the brilliantly innovative band that music historian Ian McFarlane described as world music that "constructed soundscapes of mesmerizing grandeur and solemn beauty... with African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chants, Middle-Eastern mantras and art-rock". Ulrich met Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, the founders and cornerstones of Dead Can Dance, in London in 1982 and joined the band on drums and percussion. After leaving DCD and after releasing a string of critically acclaimed releases as a solo artist, Peter's next big step was The Peter Ulrich Collaboration.
The Collaboration is the brainchild of Ulrich and Trebor “Big T” Lloyd of City Canyons Productions as producer and a principal collaborator. The Collaboration mixes folk rock, world rock, art rock and psychedelic music with a world view that encompasses alternative history, fictional universes, Steampunk, and Goth, and recalls the exquisitely crafted soundscapes of Dead Can Dance.The group features songwriting by Ulrich, Lloyd, and New York songwriters Anne Husick, Sara Wendt and Kathy Sheppard among others with vocals by David Steele, Wendt, Ulrich, Jen Elliott, Shane Chapman, Stephanie Linn, Timothy Dark, Sharon Hochman-Hawk and other bright American and English talents.
The vocalists are backed by a crackerjack band playing rock, post-rock, world and folk influenced music. After the release of two albums, The Painted Caravan and Tempus Fugitives, New York Collaboration fans were thrilled by a live performance by The Peter Ulrich Collaboration at Manhattan's famous Webster Hall in 2015. Final Reflections, the third final album in the well received Painted Caravan Trilogy will be released December 3rd, 2019. A little more history of the Trilogy: The Painted Caravan Trilogy began with the 2014 release of The Painted Caravan album.
The Painted Caravan was not intended to be merely a collection of tracks. The album took listeners on a musical journey.—a magic caravan exploring mysterious lands, making various stops along the way, visiting exalted cathedrals, dark castles with sometimes terrifying dungeons, cities, towns and villages populated with strange and wonderful folk. Some of the scope of the Painted Caravan can be indicated by a brief description of the tracks including Hanging Man, a tale of jealous love and eternal retribution, Love's Skeleton, a story of love that never dies, Starship(Golden Eye), a recounting of a trip through the universe to find a long-lost love, "Drug of War," a tale of a former soldier's addiction to the adrenalin rush of warfare and "Pureland," a mystic chant that carries one to a place of perfect peace and perfect understanding. As these titles amply reflect, The Painted Caravan was in part, a portrait of love, in all of its protean manifestations. Love’s Skeleton and Hanging Man, two of the favorites from The Painted Caravan, are further explored in remixed and remastered versions in Final Reflections. 2015’s Tempus Fugitives continued the journey, taking perhaps an even darker look at more twisted versions of love such as the love/hate/murder relationship between a mysterious couple in Dark Daddy or a look into the psyche of the infamous lover Don Juan in Don Juan’s Lament.
The final stop in the journey, Final Reflections, completes this magical mystery tour of an entirely different kind. Like the two albums before it, it is full of colorful yarns returning to themes of love as in the tale of a man who falls in love with a woman in a painting, Lessons of Love, and Nightwalker and Love Witch, the story of a desperate love-hungry man under the spell of an enchantress, Nightwalker and Love Witch. As was the case with the first two albums, Final Reflections has a dark side as well— such as the tale of an angry android in a dystopian world, Artificial Man, and the story of a man reluctantly rising from the dead in Severely Blessed. Critical reception to The Painted Caravan Trilogy has been little short of spectacular for the most part: