In any industry there are always a small group of individuals who reach for more than others. Raphael Weinroth-Browne is one such individual from the music industry. He’s a composer, multi-instrumentalist and master cellist with several groups and his own solo efforts. This September he was appointed this year’s and next’s Artistic Director of the Ottawa New Music Creators. A longer list of his collaborations than I’ll make here is available on their blog.
It’s been a good year for Raphael — he’s travelled to Prague with his partner Heather Sita Black to play as The Visit at Nouvelle Prague, he is one integral third of Musk Ox who just released their Woodfall album this year, and he’s also releasing his own metal-inspired chamber music that he’s composed.
Hence “Shattered Dreams,” which came out in March of this year, has been made a video. A talented Ylan Chu on piano accompanies Raphael down sweeping soundscapes of four cellos and two pianos. The video overlaps several versions of Raphael and Ylan as they play the composition by Weinroth-Browne. The cinematography is deliberate and dream-like, worth the watch. If you like the track you can buy it from Raphael’s bandcamp.