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The Wastelands

by Children of the Wild

An experimental folk opera based on Dante's Purgatorio, which follows Dante and Virgil through the seven terraces of Purgatory reimagined as the seven stages of grief. The opera is performed live outdoors in abandoned industrial sites and sacrifice zones.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Darkest Come the Days
7:19 $0.99
2. Prelude
5:35 $0.99
3. Scoriae of the World (We Will Rise)
5:55 $0.99
4. Carnival
2:59 $0.99
5. And All the World Shall Become a Graveyard
3:50 $0.99
6. Faces Made of Glass
3:40 $0.99
7. Hanging Dawns on Broken Irons (Live)
4:49 $0.99
8. When There is No Clear Step Forward (Stay Close to Me...)
3:48 $0.99
9. We Traveled a Long Hard Road
5:07 $0.99
10. Exchange
3:58 $0.99
11. Can You Show Me What Love Is? (Don't Hold On) [Live]
4:39 $0.99
12. Cypress Swamp
4:52 $0.99
13. The Forest
8:49 $0.99
14. Where Bones Grow
4:32 $0.99
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The Wastelands
A Traveling Folk Opera inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Purgatorio and Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison’s The Architect’s Brother

The Wastelands is an original experimental folk opera inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio and first in Children of the Wild's "Rewilding Cycle." Following Dante and Virgil through the seven stages of Purgatory, The Wastelands explores the seven stages of grief in a time of violent political and environmental unraveling. Guided by visual, musical, and kinesthetic poetry, The Wastelands travels through places in a process of rewilding: abandoned factories, overgrown shipyards, and sacrifice zones. By viscerally engaging with sites of particular ecological grief, The Wastelands unveils the many faces of our cultural grief: sexism, racism, homophobia, queer-phobia, colonization/colonialism, classism, ethnocentrism, and anthropocentrism.

The Wastelands toured from June-October, 2016 along the Great Lakes basin, collaborating with individuals and groups engaging in alternative means of environmental and community care.

Conceived, Composed, & Directed by Walken Schweigert
Created by Children of Wild
Recorded and mixed by Adam Langellotti in Greenfield, MA and by Broadwave Studios in Lorain, OH
Mastered by Broadwave Studios

1. Darkest Come the Days Composed and Performed by Walken Schweigert (violin)
2. Prelude Composed by Walken Schweigert, Performed by Walken Schweigert (accordion, violin, vocals), Michael Hulburt (vocals, trombone), Dylan Kingsolver (vocals, cello), Ben Bowen (vocals, mandolin, flute), and Dan Baker (vocals, guitar, tuba)
3. Carnival Composed by Walken Schweigert, Performed by Walken Schweigert (accordion), Dylan Kingsolver (cello), and Michael Hulburt (glockenspiel)
4. Scoriae of the World (We Will Rise) Composed by Walken Schweigert, Performed by Walken Schweigert (vocals, violin), Michael Hulburt (banjo, vocals), and Lindsay Swan (cello, vocals)
5. And All the World Shall Become a Graveyard Composed by Walken Schweigert, Performed by Walken Schweigert (accordion, vocals), Michael Hulburt (banjo, vocals), and Lindsay Swan (cello, vocals)
6. Faces Made of Glass Composed by Michael Hulburt and Walken Schweigert, Performed by Michael Hulburt (glockienspiel), Walken Schweigert (accordion), and Dylan Kingsolver (cello)
7. Hanging Dawns on Broken Irons (Rough rehearsal recording, made at Double Edge Theatre, in Ashfield, MA) Composed and Performed by Dylan Kingsolver (cello) and Walken Schweigert (violin)
8. When There Is No Clear Step Forward (Stay Close to me…) Composed by Walken Schweigert, Performed by Walken Schweigert (accordion, vocals), Michael Hulburt (banjo, vocals), and Lindsay Swan (cello, vocals)
9. We Traveled a Long Hard Road Composed by Walken Schweigert, Performed by Walken Schweigert (vocals, accordion, violin), Michael Hulburt (banjo, trombone, vocals), and Lindsay Swan (cello, vocals)
10. Exchange Composed and Performed by Walken Schweigert (vocals, violin)
11. Can You Show Me What Love Is? (Don’t Hold On) (Recorded live at Silo City in Buffalo, NY) Composed by Walken Schweigert, Performed by Walken Schweigert (vocals, ukelele), Michael Hulburt (banjo, vocals), Lindsay Swan (vocals), and Paul Kozlowski (guitar)
12. Cypress Swamp Composed by Michael Hulburt and Walken Schweigert, Performed by Michael Hulburt (banjo), Walken Schweigert (violin), and Dylan Kingsolver (guitar)
13. The Forest Composed by Walken Schweigert, Performed by Walken Schweigert (vocals, accordion), Michael Hulburt (banjo), and Lindsay Swan (cello, vocals)
14. Where Bones Grow Composed by Walken Schweigert, Performed by Walken Schweigert (vocals, accordion, violin), Michael Hulburt (banjo, vocals), Dylan Kingsolver (cello), Ben Bowen (vocals, mandolin), and Dan Baker (vocals, guitar)

Many thanks to Kathy and Frank Schweigert, Stacy Klein, Carlos Uriona, Prancer Macko, Brian Fairley, Luke Theall, George Langford, and everyone who has been a part of the Wastelands Journey thus far. We couldn’t have done this without you.

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