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Elliot Cole: Selkie, a sea tale

by Misha Penton & Divergence Vocal Theater

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Misha Penton, soprano. Patrick Moore, cello. Kyle Evans, piano.
Misha Penton, soprano. Patrick Moore, cello. Kyle Evans, piano.


Seduction to dive below the waves…

Selkie, a sea tale is Elliot Cole’s lush musical setting of fairytale poetry by soprano Misha Penton.

Selkies are ephemeral half-human, half-seal beings. They are transformative creatures that inhabit liminal spaces; exist at the edge of dusk and dawn; in the between-time of solstice and equinox; and where root meets earth and sea washes sand. When the moon swells to its fullest, Selkies shed their seal skins, reveal their human form, and dance on our northernmost beaches— their skins ready for the taking. Selkie, a sea tale’s poetry is a dreamscape of human fragility, longing and loss, written from a sailor’s wife to a her selkie love, and culminates in her willingness to release him back to the sea…

Music video on Vimeo: vimeo.com/61747305
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released April 1, 2013

Elliot Cole, music
Misha Penton, lyrics

Misha Penton, soprano
Patrick Moore, cello
Kyle Evans, piano
with Meredith Harris, viola

Produced by Misha Penton
Recording engineered by Todd Hulslander
Mastered by Allen Corneau Mastering
Recorded at The Geary Performance Studio Houston Public Radio
Art Direction by Misha Penton. Graphic Design by Culture Pilot
Photos by Dave Nickerson & Raul Casares


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Misha Penton Houston, Texas

Misha Penton is a singer, composer, and filmmaker. Her music is a blend of futuristic art song and chamber electronica—you will hear the rise and fall of her many layered voices, and the swirling guitars and electronic sound worlds created her Misha and her collaborators. ... more

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