This album was created from letters and journals written on a journey through grief. And while the inspiration for the album came from our dear friend, its message is universal.
This album as a whole represents a journey through grief that has been separated into 9 tracks. The music was composed by Grej (Gregory Harrison) in collaboration with Maureen. The concept is a marriage between classical and electronic genres that utilizes voice, piano, harmonium, synthesizer, and field recordings.
CBC Summer 2021 Guide: 21 Albums You Need To Hear:
“Lighthouse is for anyone who has experienced the loss of someone close,” explains soprano Maureen Batt, who teams up with Grej (percussionist/producer/composer Greg Harrison) for this new project on the Leaf Music label. Pushing classical art song into a new realm with electronics and polished studio effects, Lighthouse is a cycle of nine songs based on letters written by their friend, Tom Belding, to his late wife, Ashley Belding, who died from cancer in her 30s. To tell this love story tinged with grief, Batt’s voice is enveloped in a mix of piano, harmonium, synthesizer, and field recordings that fuses elements of minimalism, electronica and prog-rock. Exciting to see where classically trained musicians will go when they think outside the box and embrace other genres.“
~ Robert Rowat, CBC
Maureen Batt & Grej Explore The Tides of Grief on “Lighthouse”
“Lighthouse” is a powerful venture into the annals of grief. Not only is it an exceptionally well-executed body of music, it is profound in its dive into a real loss that reverberates through each member of this creative endeavor. But with something so personal at the core of the experience, depicting the universality of grief was always the guiding force the group wished to convey- which they have accomplished beautifully.
~Brandon Lorimer, The East Mag
Recorded at Gillespie House Inn, Parrsboro, NS
Producers: Gregory Harrison (Grej) and Maureen Batt
Recording engineer: Gregory Harrison
Editing & mixing: Gregory Harrison (Oxford Studios, Fredericton, NB)
Mastering: Jeremy VanSlyke, Leaf Music
Album artwork: Tom Belding
Layout: Kristan Toczko
Photos of Maureen and Gregory: Kylee Nunn
Photo of Ashley: Tom Belding
Copy editor: Jill Rafuse
All music composed by Grej in collaboration with Maureen Batt.
Maureen Batt: Vocals, Field Recordings
Grej: Piano, Harmonium, Synths, Vocals, Electronics, Field Recordings
Lighthouse Launch Event:
August 4th, 7PM ET / 8PM AT
Virtual launch event – Album sneak peek
Artists Grej and Maurren Batt with special guest Tom Belding hosted by Dr. Maria Murphy
Tickets Available Now
The album officially drops on August 6, so we’re having an exclusive sneak peek preview of some of the tracks on Wednesday, August 4. The event will be virtual, on Zoom (you can have your video on or not!). We’ll show you some of the tracks from the album, and Maria Murphy will interview us as we chat a bit about the music, the inspiration, the process. We’ll also have a Q&A with the audience.