Recorded live in Newmanville in August 2020
Stephen Fuller is a performer, composer & creative innovator based in the swampy fields of Newmanville, Canada. His work is grounded in his background as a geographer & student of environment and defined by collaboration, a drive to combine the unexpected and to innovate new perspectives. He has apprenticed & collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including master kora players Zal Idrissa Sissokho in Montréal and Toumani Diabaté in Bamako, Mali, as well as Acadian bard and traveler Maurice “Bear” Leger.
In 2016 he released his first solo studio album colibri!, produced in Montréal and featuring more than a dozen musicians, as well as field recordings taken in Mauritania and Trinidad. This set of original kora-folk compositions is characterized by his "mineral" vocal sound and the mesmerizing melodic weave of the kora. Stage performances of the production featured the AllStory Well, a water-based projection-mapping installation integrated into an in-the-round 360 performance. The Well project was created in collaboration with Guillaume Roberts-Cambron and went on to be showcased independently on stage and at festivals and community events in Ontario and Quebec.
In 2017 he co-composed the soundtrack for This Mountain Life (HotDocs, 2018) a multi-award-winning documentary set in the coast mountains in British Columbia, Canada. This music was nominated for best soundtrack at the Canadian 2019 Leo Awards.
In 2018 Stephen co-composed, filmed and directed the community-based, collectively-written rock opera "The Voyage of the Intergalactic Merchant Marine" with Merrickville's own Sons of Martha. The unique production, a hybrid of live performance and movie, explored the use of green-screened footage projection-mapped into the architecture of the historic United Church, and was enthusiastically received by surprised and delighted Merrickvillagers.
In 2019 he directed & scored his first short film, Follow the Hummingbird: Episode 1 (Resolution!, 2019) captured while learning with Callaloo Theatre Company during carnival in Trinidad & Tobago. That year he worked with The Feathered Shadows trio on showcase performances of new compositions and created music videos featuring architectural installations and slow motion water videos captured in Newmanville. He returned to collaborated with Grant Baldwin to co-score the five episode documentary series Search and Rescue: North Shore (Knowledge Network, 2020).
In 2020 he directed the introductions for a web series exploring Venezuelan traditional music called Bandola Viajera, and launched several singles, including the 360 music video for his composition Los Valientes, which featured "super-panoramic" scenes captured in forest, field and underwater.
2021 pandemic Stephen is creating drone-centric music videos, building an audio plugin from recorded rusty farm implements and prototyping a chromatic harp-lute called Agua