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Studio Session: Morning Ritual

OPB | June 11, 2013 7 a.m. | Updated: June 11, 2013 10:10 a.m.

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Morning Ritual is pianist Ben Darwish, Shook Twins (Katelyn and Laurie Shook), guitarist/bassist William Seiji Marsh and drummer Russ Kleiner.

Portland’s Darwish began composing the music of the group’s debut, The Clear Blue Pearl, during a month-long residence at Caldera in Sisters, Oregon. The work tells the story of a family in danger of losing their farm to drought who goes searching for an underground aquifer — the “Clear Blue Pearl” of the title. Darwish enlisted sister duo Shook Twins to sing the close harmonies in the music and started the band Morning Ritual.

The album features widely varied styles from jazz to R&B to the gorgeous chamber folk opening song “The Drought,” which echoes Aaron Copland in its use of octaves and in the way it evokes the open space of the American plains.

Watch and listen to the full opbmusic session.

(Note: You can listen to the interview on opbmusic in the audio section and download an mp3 of “So Cold.”)

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