Spark & Echo is the final Resident Artist we are introducing for our 2013 season. Resident Artists create six works over the year, one for each of our six themes. This first song by Spark & Echo is in response to the theme of Light and Darkness and Psalm 139.

Listen to “Where Can I Go?”
by Spark & Echo: 

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From the Artist:

This is the first song Jonathon and I have written together by collaborating throughout the process–tossing music and lyrics back and forth from start to finish–so the song took many forms before it arrived at what you hear it today. I was drawn to this psalm because it dealt with images of darkness and light, and because it is the story of someone who is running from God. In the psalm the writer speaks of trying to hide in darkness, but that it is impossible because “even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

The first version of this song attempted to include all the beautiful imagery from the psalm, but it didn’t seem to work. After playing with the music, Jonathon and I settled into a feel that reflected the theme of “running from”–music that evoked a journey. From there I threw out most of the original lyric, and explored the themes from the feel of the music. Things began to fall into place.

This psalm is not just about a journey away from, but also a journey to discover. In the end the psalmist wishes to be caught.

-Emily Clare Zempel



Spark & Echo is a family band of songwriting-storytellers led by husband and wife duo Jonathon Roberts and Emily Clare Zempel, Co-Executive Directors of Spark and Echo Arts. Their music brings forgotten poetry and wild stories from the Bible to life: visions of sparkling wheels in the sky, hunger and thirst, and legends of love as strong as death weave with memorable melodies and captivating rhythms. Drawing from a classical background, influenced by the pianism of Rufus Wainwright and Ben Folds, and emulating Paul Simon’s narratival techniques, Spark & Echo sings epic tales of love and adventure.

They have a dual vision: as a band, they make music; as a non-profit, they seek to “create the world’s largest multi-disciplinary ‘illumination’ of the Bible.” Spark and Echo Arts engages artists from a diversity of styles and backgrounds working in the top of their field. The band grew out of and raises funds for the non-profit.

They’ve just released their second full-length album Inheritance which was recorded and co-produced with the Foote brothers (Welcome Wagon) and elucidates  Psalm 42 in “Deep Calls to Deep”, Galatians 2:20 in “Buy Me a Hat”,  Proverbs 31 in “What a Day”, and many more. Their voices harmonize like “it was meant to be.”  They dance around complex stories with a whimsy indicative of their time spent in the theatre.

You’ve got to experience it firsthand and join them on this journey of a lifetime.
More at, or see them live in New York City:

Monday, February 18th
The Living Room

Saturday, March 16th
The Stoop NYC


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