Butterfly is part of Rose & the Nightingale’s current project, The Spirit of the Garden, celebrating the sublimity of gardens through song & poetry. Inspired by botanical gardens the world over, and the sense of contemplation & connection one can experience in these special spaces, The Spirit of the Garden’s lyrical, energetic, and inspiring music features three part vocal harmonies, violin, cello, piano, trumpet, and percussion. Post-concert remarks from audience members have shown Rose & the Nightingale’s ability to cut through to a deeper level of human connection through the energy of music.

All the lyrics in The Spirit of the Garden are poems celebrating the nexus of spirituality and nature, and the ability to connect and feel a part of something greater through open & aware engagement with the natural world. The songs offer immense gratitude to botanical gardens’ role as contemplative spaces, as places helping us reflect and engage with our concepts of individual versus collective identity. Poets featured include living American poets Maria Brady Smith, Ella Cvancara, Silvi Alcivar, Evan Karp & Wyn Cooper, as well as Oc poet Miquel Decor (southern France), and Rumi.


Beating your wings

On this tiny leaf, all white
You will gather the nectar
Of the almond blossom
And you will bring me back your breath


from Spirit of the Garden, released May 7, 2013
Words by Miquel Decor, translated by Jeannette Rogers. Music by Jody Redhage (Scarlet Tree Music ASCAP)
Leala Cyr, lead vocal
Jody Redhage, cello, background vocals
Sara Caswell, violin
Laila Biali, piano, background vocals
Ben Wittman, percussion



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Rose & the Nightingale is four powerful New York based multi-instrumentalists and improvisers: Jody Redhage (voice, cello, compositions), Leala Cyr (voice, trumpet), Sara Caswell (violin, mandolin), & Laila Biali (voice, piano). The band's warm sound of three part vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and burning solos has proven to cut through to a deeper level of connection with audiences. ... more

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