About the Music

Question: You’ve approached the music differently in Arms. With your previous projects, you wrote and performed everything.

Rich Shapero: I was doing a disproportionate amount of the work myself, because I couldn’t think of any other way to get it done. With Arms we ran a new experiment. My relationship with Orenda spans a decade, and I felt we had the chemistry to tackle this together. She wrote the music, I wrote the lyrics and she did the vocals. We came up with an iterative process that kept us together as the pieces evolved. For the arrangements, we used a number of musicians—some new, some we’ve worked with on previous projects. I’m very happy with the result. The music for Arms is as true to the spirit of the work as the music I’ve written and performed myself.

Arms from the Sea Music by Rich Shapero & Orenda Fink

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Arms from the Sea combines Rich Shapero’s fantastical novel with music by Orenda Fink and the Visionary art of Eugene Von Bruenchenhein to create an other-worldly and provocative story for the eyes, ears, and imagination. Use this website to learn more about Arms from the Sea in hardcover, ebook and app formats, including information about Rich and his collaborators. Arms from the Sea is available as an ebook on Amazon Kindle, Apple Books and Google Books, as well as an app for iOS (Apple) and Android.