The Peter Ulrich Collaboration

The Peter Ulrich Collaboration is a collaboration helmed by Peter Ulrich, former percussionist for the iconic Dead Can Dance, the brilliantly innovative band that music historian Ian McFarlane described as world music that “constructed soundscapes of mesmerizing grandeur and solemn beauty… with African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chants, Middle-Eastern mantras and art-rock”. Ulrich met Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, the founders and cornerstones of Dead Can Dance, in London in 1982 and joined the band on drums and percussion. After leaving DCD and after releasing a string of critically acclaimed releases as a solo artist, Peter’s next big step was The Peter Ulrich Collaboration. The Collaboration is the brainchild of Ulrich and Trebor “Big T” Lloyd of City Canyons Productions as producer and a principal collaborator. The Collaboration mixes folk rock, world rock, art rock and psychedelic music with a worldview that encompasses alternative history, fictional universes, Steampunk, and Goth, and recalls the exquisitely crafted soundscapes of Dead Can Dance. The group featured songwriting by Ulrich, Lloyd, and New York songwriters Anne Husick, Sara Wendt and Kathy Sheppard among others with vocals by David Steele, Wendt, Ulrich, Jen Elliott, Shane Chapman, Stephanie Linn, Timothy Dark and other bright American and English talents. The vocalists were backed by a crackerjack band playing rock, post-rock, world and folk influenced music. Three albums were released as part of a planned series, The Painted Caravan Trilogy. The first album, The Painted Caravan (US Release 2013) made waves with its release as a ”fine record that has been described as The Great Missing West Coast Album”. The Collaboration’s well received second effort Tempus Fugitives (2015), was proclaimed as featuring “sensuous wafting flights of ethereal fancy and finely-honed but never overstated lyrics…” After the release of these two albums, the Collaboration thrilled New York fans with an electric live performance at Manhattan’s famous Webster Hall in 2015. The trilogy then finished up with Final Reflections (2019) a worthy and compelling final companion piece described as “the finest release yet from Ulrich and his creative partners.” While Final Reflections completed the Trilogy, it is not likely to be the final musical word from Mr. Peter Ulrich.


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