Esperanza Spalding hopes to heal with new ‘Triangle’ suite

Released through Songwrights Apothecary Lab, a new workshop informed by research into music therapy.

Esperanza Spalding has released the new project Triangle, a trio of compositions released through her new Songwrights Apothecary Lab.

The three songs, each titled “Formwela” and numbered, came together after a month-long artistic retreat in Portland that Spalding organized. The compositions were written in consultation with music therapists and neuroscientists, the New York Times reports, and aim to elicit different emotions.

Spalding has released the triptych through the Songwrights Apothecary Lab, which she’s described as “half songwrighting workshop and half guided-research practice.” Its official website explains that the Lab “seeks to respectfully dip into the healing seas of music/musicianship/song, and distill a few grains of piquancy which carry the life-renewing flavor of the unfathomable ocean of human resiliency, then work those grains into new musical formwelas, to enhance the healing flavors and intentions innate in all works of devoted creatorship.”


Spalding also reportedly aims to release a new album later this year that will feature compositions from her work with Songwrighting Apothecary Lab. She’s also released a video in which she performs and dances to Triangle in a studio separated into three distinct areas to mirror each “Formwela” composition. Watch it below:

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