I’m excited to announce that the new Scott DuBois album, SUMMER WATER, will be released on April 2, 2021! SUMMER WATER is a solo guitar album featuring 11 of my original compositions and is the next season captured in sound following my WINTER LIGHT (ACT 2015) and AUTUMN WIND (ACT 2017) albums.
After 16 years signed to three great record labels: Soul Note (2004 - 2006), Sunnyside Records (2007 - 2014), ACT (2015 - 2020) I’ve decided to start my own record label/publishing company, Watertone Music, where going forward I’ll release recordings and publish scores to my chamber jazz/improvised music and my orchestral classical music. SUMMER WATER will be the first album released on the label. Watertone Music is distributed worldwide through Sunnyside Records. Watertone Music publishing is represented by GEMA (worldwide except USA) and SESAC (USA only).
You can now preorder SUMMER WATER (CD/Digital) on Bandcamp:
Here are the liner notes I wrote for SUMMER WATER that describe the project:
I started composing this summer-themed music during a bitterly cold Chicago winter. These bone-chilling conditions intensified my wish to transport the listener to another time and place through sound. The expedition would be inspired by the large pieces for symphony orchestra I have composed over the past few years, including a violin concerto and a symphony. This time I would create a symphonic landscape on a solo instrument, guitar, using neither overdubbing nor layering. The result is eleven original compositions that project an orchestral texture to reflect nature’s vibrant, ever-changing summer waterscapes. The music reflects the fluidity of powerful bodies of water through the ebb and flow of texture, tempos, dynamics, mood, and color, while capturing the abundance of beautiful melody and harmony hinted at by summer’s natural grandeur.
The first five pieces and the last five pieces mirror each other musically: pieces one and eleven, two and ten, three and nine, etc.—essentially sets of musical variations. The first five pieces are a journey through a river, the last five pieces a journey through a sea, both meeting in the central “Storm Where the River Meets the Sea.” Listeners are invited to start their journeys at either end of the album.
The river is consumed by fog, otters soon appearing as shadowy shapes through the haze. Driftwood lingers along the shore before continuing its journey to a remote place.
Sunbeams lance through the mist, glistening on the river’s rushing rapids brimming with life. In the distance a storm prepares to breach the light.
Thunder, lightning, and fierce wind clamor above the clash of the river and sea, pelted by rain.
Charcoal clouds haunt the sky. Sunlight sparkles on the sea’s mighty waves.
Driftwood continues its odyssey as otters frolic. Fog enshrouds the sea.
February 4, 2020