Pianist, composer, and producer Wayne Phoenix’s 2020 debut was ten years in the making. The event that inspired ‘soaring wayne phoenix story the earth and sky’ took place in 2009, when Richard, a severely autistic, non-verbal client of his, started uttering over his piano. The transformed artist began developing a vocal style in line with ‘our natural, unmanufactured voice’ - a path to boundless interconnectivity. The hazy, delicate work of art is now being revisited in the context of a fresh reissue by RVNG. Phoenix will perform it in a church, a setting aptly fit to amplify his labored work’s beautiful quietness.
Photography by Alex Sebley