Composer - songwriter - performer

...a message that will transform your heart.”
...songs that substantially brighten our world.”
...musical storytelling at its finest...”

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Beringia

Brazil National Symphony

Beringia beckons listeners to embark on a transformative journey, echoing the courageous footsteps of those who long ago ventured across the Bering Strait. Traversing the vast expanse of the human spirit, the music weaves together expressions of yearning and remembrance with hopeful exhilaration.

At its core, Beringia encapsulates a timeless

Beringia beckons listeners to embark on a transformative journey, echoing the courageous footsteps of those who long ago ventured across the Bering Strait. Traversing the vast expanse of the human spirit, the music weaves together expressions of yearning and remembrance with hopeful exhilaration.

At its core, Beringia encapsulates a timeless narrative of discovery and loss, celebration and longing, and how our ability to navigate through both shapes the very essence of our humanity.

This musical odyssey invites us to reflect on our own past and future journeys, as we navigate the ancient waterways and nameless peaks alongside those who came before. May this work honor their enduring legacy, and all bridges which connect across time and place.

Performance on August 1st, 2023 as a part of the Tonal Composers Festival, in Brasilia, Brazil.

Orchestra: Orquestra Sinfônica Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro Conductor: Maestro Nayden Todorov Composer: Ben Johnston-Urey

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2 Flute                           3 Trombone                        perusal score
Oboe                              Tuba                           available upon request
English Horn                Timpani
2 Clarinet in Bb           3 Percussion
2 Bassoon                     Harp
4 Horn in F                    Strings
3 Trumpet in Bb                  
                      

Spell of Winter

Problematic Orchestra

Set on a cold winter’s night, Spell of Winter weaves a story of a lone wanderer’s encounter with an enchanting cosmic presence, with a message from beyond the veil. A journey song, drawing inspiration from accounts of the Aurora Borealis shared by the Dene and Northern Tutchone peoples of Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Lyrics: In the cradle

Set on a cold winter’s night, Spell of Winter weaves a story of a lone wanderer’s encounter with an enchanting cosmic presence, with a message from beyond the veil. A journey song, drawing inspiration from accounts of the Aurora Borealis shared by the Dene and Northern Tutchone peoples of Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Lyrics: In the cradle of the winter In a far and northern realm Carry I the mem’ries of my homeland As I journey ‘cross the snow and sand Golden days are far behind Now the spell of winter has begun- it has begun!

Here, the days are passing swiftly Here, the night awakens awe Here, the nival creatures slumber – they dwell within! Lo, a green glow upon the spruce tops Colored tendrils across the sky – winter’s spell is cast upon this night!

As we journey through the cosmos Swells of color break across our bough Some behold it as a gift light Some the breath-electric of a star Spell of winter so sublime Dancing colors out of space time! They call to me, they call my name!

“Carry we the memories of a forgotten tomorrow across a sea of stars as our colors dance upon the snow.”

Though I stand alone this night on the wind is a whisper:

“Remember, you, before our silver cord is cut and the gold bowl is broken before the beasts return to the frozen lands that bore them.”

Said the starry spell of winter,

“Remember where you came from, and whose you are.”

Music and Lyrics ©2022, Ben Johnston-Urey. All Rights Reserved.

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