Derek is currently working on Major Arcana, a series of songs based entirely on the Major Arcana Tarot cards and their attendant symbologies. It serves as a vessel and a framework for ideas to be explored and celebrated on a scale larger than he’s ever done in the past. The tarot deck symbols provide a focus to explore a multi-layered set of symbols and significance, to ask questions of ourselves about shared meaning. The rich history of the tarot and its lasting popularity provides him the largest such framework he has used so far.
Although he currently works in both electronic and acoustic media, the Major Arcana project will be the first time combining them, which will deepen his knowledge of both and expand the world he’s creating. The style of each song will be entirely predicated on his interpretation of the particular card, ranging anywhere from folk, bossanova, neoclassical, dance, to choral music. The Major Arcana project will utilize a broad range of musical styles to best encompass the diversity of subject matter being explored.
Collaborators will include various musicians, each bringing their unique voice and interpretation to his songs, and deepening the layers of meaning. Derek will provide structure and lyrics to songs, while the musicians will help in vocal and instrument arrangement, have space to write solo parts, and act as advisors as needed. Collaborators include Ami Nashimoto, a multi-instrumentalist graduate student at SF State and current member of All My Pretty Ones, and Matthew Payne, multi-instrumentalist composer and Music coordinator California State College, East Bay, as well as an All My Pretty Ones alum. Derek also intends to collaborate across media with visual and performance artists for various songs, as their unique interpretations of the music will add another important layer.
Derek Schmidt – Selves
Derek Schmidt appreciates craftsmanship. He values the years of thoughtful attention artisans continually dedicate to honing their skill, and
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Upcoming Album: Major Arcana
Derek is currently working on Major Arcana, a series of songs based entirely on the Major Arcana Tarot cards and their attendant symbologies. It