Jolly Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda

Cries of the Deep


Behind the Music

Living in the Caribbean, many of the songs I hear center around corruption and greed. I can recall hearing the rousing lyrics of Nina Simone in her song “Backlash Blues” — “Raise my taxes, freeze my wages, send my son to Vietnam.” To me, songs like these will always be a vehicle to carry messages of empowerment to a breadth of audiences, which I think is vitally important when it comes to this specific project. The stories Ian shares are remarkablably poignant. They reveal things we rarely consider when buying a can of tuna at the supermarket, and it’s something the public needs to be made aware of. 

One such story that moved me most was the chapter “Jail Without Bars.” What those men experienced, the desperation they felt and the suffering they went through, was mind-boggling and influenced much of the music I made for the project. I wanted to capture a certain amount of mystic and melancholy. All of the songs have a darker theme winding through them, but with a small note of hope as well.

About York

York is a German electronica music duo founded in 1997 by brothers Torsten and Jörg Stenzel. Producing ambient, downtempo, chillout, house and trance, their productions are known for catchy guitar hooks, atmospheric soundscapes and delicate dance textures. 

Torsten Stenzel began his musical career early in his childhood, learning the piano from the age of five when he began his classical training. In the early 1990s, his musical orientation changed, and he discovered the growing techno/house movement. Torsten Stenzel is credited for several gold and platinum awards, an Echo nomination and over 3 million record sales.

Jörg Stenzel has, since the age of eleven, been interested in stringed instruments, the guitar in particular. The two brothers combined their talents in 1997 and the project York was born.

York’s first single, "The Awakening," reached #11 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1999. Their second single, "On the Beach" (which sampled Chris Rea's "On the Beach") was their biggest hit. The CRW edit helped the single to reach #4 in the UK chart in June 2000, and it sold over 200,000 copies. 

In 2011, after leaving the Offshore Record Label, York was signed to the major dance record label, Armada Music. A new album, "Islanders," was released on 28 September 2012, with three tracks released as singles: "Wanna Be Known," "Touched by God" and "Salida del Sol." The track "Islanders" is a collaboration with British composer Mike Oldfield.

The new album titled “TRAVELER” was released on July 08, 2016.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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