"The Navigator" was recorded at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, WA. We released it as a single with the music video below in October 2016. The song is also on our full-length album, Through the Night (April 2017).
Behind "The Navigator"
We wrote the Navigator aboard the historic steamship Virginia V, on a rare voyage through the Puget Sound from the Port Townsend back to Seattle. Something about the history of the ship and the sea air struck a nerve, and we finished the song in the space of the sail. A few short months later, the idea for the Navigator video was born. Combining music, modern dance, and underwater cinematography, the video itself was a major, year-long effort involving an amazing team from across Seattle's creative industries. It premiered on the Bluegrass Situation in October 2016.
About the video:
The Navigator music video is a collaborative production by an award-winning assemblage of some of Seattle’s most innovative creative companies: modern-folk band March to May; modern dance company Version Excursion; production company Studivo; video production company Tetraknot Productions, and Emmy-award winning cinematographer Laura James, of Beneath the Looking Glass.
The project began around a casual exchange between Darren and Beth (of March to May) and Erin (choreographer and director with Version Excursion) at a happy hour put on by Seattle’s Office of Film & Music. They hit it off, diving into conversations about possible collaborations around live music and dance. However, the conversations quickly evolved as they began to see potential for a much bigger project – a music video and a full-scale production combining music, dance, and film.