The King and Queen’s daughter is missing and her disappearance has spun the entire realm into disarray and decline. Unsuspectingly, a young shepherdess must become the heroine of the land in its darkest hour…

Howard Ashman, the great lyricist and driving creative force behind Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, said that a good retelling of a timeless tale conveys to your listeners what your own unique experience of awe was when you heard that story for the very first time:

  1. The Wicked Wonder is a retelling of The Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “The Princess and the Tree,” as retold and interpreted by Carl Jung in Archetypes of the Unconscious. Learn more…
  2. The Wicked Wonder is a retelling of Dark Side of Oz, the cult classic in which Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is cued up to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz movie. Learn more and watch…
  3. The Wicked Wonder is a retelling of Beethoven’s 3rd symphony—the Eroica (“heroic”)—as well as Sappho’s midnight poem, The Great Gatsby, and other fairy tales and mythologies.

This album is dedicated to my daughter, Luce Sophia DiRuzza, the freshly rooted light of wisdom in my life. In finally bringing this project to a finish, I ritually let go of the place of prominence of my solar ego, embracing the lunar web that connects me to every other—my wife, my daughter, my family, my community, my planet, my world. The Wicked Wonder is about how the individualist myth must finally give way to a metaphysics of relationship: “Our lovers and children make us frightened of dying—autonomy eclipsed by communion.” The Wicked Wonder is about how the lone hero must finally become a responsible leader and a member of a team.

Read the narration text of The Wicked Wonder.

Learn more about the contributors.

Look at the full musical score and performance notes.

Check out a structural schematic of the composition.

Check out the Instrumental Remix