Acclaimed progressive acoustic guitar virtuoso Mark Vickness and his musical collective, MVI (Mark Vickness Interconnected) have enlightened us with their dynamic new album, “In The Rain Shadow.” The concept album is an adornment of lush, layered instrumentations, and compelling narratives inspired by the grandeur and tranquility of the natural world.
This seven-member ensemble is a crucible of the exceptional, each musician a virtuoso, and together they span a diverse offering of genres. “In The Rain Shadow” is steeped in a diverse fusion of styles from jazz, classical, and progressive rock, to an expanse beyond. It’s a delightful miscellany waiting to ensnare any music enthusiast with its magnetism.
MVI stands for oneness, the interconnectedness of all human beings, echoing through their unparalleled musical synergy. As Mark Vickness explains, it’s a dream ensemble, consisting of a classical trio, a jazz quartet, an array of percussion instruments, and virtuoso artists. They create a mesmerizing waltz of styles ranging from funk, raga improvisation, and rock power chords to an Irish 12/8 romp and ambient textural tapestry, each seamless transition articulating their infectious energy.
Adorned with titles taken from geological or meteorological features, “In The Rain Shadow” pays homage to the allure of California’s high desert, Owens Valley, where Vickness relocated in late 2020. Every composition mirrors the extraordinary opportunity to experience life in the rain shadow, invoking feelings of humility, awe, tranquillity, thrill, and beauty.
To enhance the musical journey for fans, a series of meticulously curated HD live videos accompany this innovative project, offering a deep-dive into the full experience of MVI’s vision. Moreover, Vickness’ talent was globally highlighted on Youtube as the “Best Guitarist Composer You’ve Never Heard” by Robert Cassard.
Mark Vickness, Mannering, Gomm, and others have eloquently praised “In The Rain Shadow.” It’s lauded as a perfect fusion – a global musical journey with a captivating blending of instruments and a compelling countenance of classical and jazz backgrounds. The album is an irresistible, immersive musical offering. Artists have hailed it as a gorgeously woven tapestry, a soothing journey, and a sonic landscape begging exploration. It stands as a testament to the conjuring of joy and inspiration that Mark Vickness evokes through his craft.
Vickness’ journey began at the tender age of six with the piano, escalating to a master’s degree in composition, and seeding experiences across a vast spectrum of genres. His composition studies under Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mel Powell fueled his passion. His illustrious career boasts collaboration with world-renowned musicians, including Grammy winners, The Turtle Island String Quartet, legendary bassist Michael Manring, and guitarists Alex DiGrassi and Don Ross.
“In The Rain Shadow,” released on May 15, 2023, emanates from the San Francisco Bay Area with a rich tapestry of styles, including progressive acoustic, folk, jazz fusion, classical, acoustic rock, and modern fingerstyle. The palette of emotion is painted with tracks: High Desert, The Gorge, Alluvial Fans, Stillness (for Will), Roadrunner, Rupak (for Ty), Cloud Shadows, On the Cliffs of Mohr, and In The Rain Shadow.
MVI’s new album is a beautifully orchestrated journey, an exploration of the interconnectedness of humanity through diverse musical styles and profound messages. It’s more than just music; it’s an experience that will resonate with listeners, opening their eyes, hearts, and minds to a world of interconnected melodies.
More about MVI and their new album can be found on their official website, social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, and music sharing applications, including Spotify, Apple, and YouTube. Check out their live videos and get a taste of one of progressive music’s most promising projects at your convenience.
“In The Rain Shadow,” unfolding a global musical journey, a testament to MVI’s talent, vision, and essence. It’s time to immerse yourself in their world – one of unity, diversity and boundless creative expression.