An album of wordless lullabies for solo voice (plus piano, fixed media, and white noise machine) featuring music by Rachael Forsyth, Forbes Graham, Chris Hutchings, Thomas J. Dempster, David Howell, David Warin Solomons, Clive Whitburn, Ryan Keebaugh, Michael Oberhauser, Cassandra Venaglia, Kathryn Rose, and Ian Power.
Born out of a tweet exchange in 2017, Sleep Songs: Wordless Lullabies for the Sleepless is an artistic response to a friend’s request for soothing sounds when sleep seemed too far away. This is the second of three albums to come out of the Sleep Songs project. Thank you to Shaya for the inspiration and support.
This enchanting album showcases a mesmerizing collection of ethereal melodies composed by a stellar lineup of contemporary composers. Building on the success of the first volume, Megan Ihnen’s captivating performances, coupled with the imaginative compositions, offer a listening experience that traverses tranquility and insomnia as well as anxiety and solace.
While some of the works address the soul-stirring feeling of quietly soothing a loved one or the worries that keep you awake in the early hours of the morning – above all, the music on this album reflects the composers’ desire to explore the concept of the lullaby and the moments in our lives that inspire us to sing each other to sleep.
All of the compositions on this album were commissioned by and performed by mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen.
releases June 1, 2023
Engineered by Andrew Rodriguez.
Recorded by Michael Tubbs at Pulp Arts in Gainesville, FL.
This album was made possible with the support of 154 backers over the course of seven days who donated to the Sleep Songs: Wordless Lullabies for the Sleepless project on Kickstarter.
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