Darkness (Mater Tenebrarum)

from by Dani Mari & Johnny Butler

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“Darkness” features an original score written and performed by Johnny Butler and Dani Mari, which combines Butler’s 21st century gothic compositions and dreamy woodwinds with a chorus of Dani Mari’s haunting layered vocals. The duo is accompanied by Todd Reynolds (Steve Reich, Bang on a Can) on violin, Rose Rutledge on flute, and Will Hanza on mandolin and guitar. The music is a homage to Dario Argento’s 1980 film Inferno, the second film in Argento’s The Three Mothers Trilogy (Suspiria, Inferno, Mother of Tears).

Featured on WXPN's The Key- thekey.xpn.org/2015/10/31/premiere-dani-mari-sighs/

Featured on Brooklyn Vegan- www.brooklynvegan.com/darkness-video-premiere/

Also featured on Bloody Disgusting & Screamfix.
World Premiere at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.

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The Three Mothers
by E. varelli

I do not know what price I should have to pay for breaking what we alchemists call Silentium. The life experiences of our colleagues should warn us not to accept laymen by imposing our knowledge upon them. I, Varelli, an architect living in London, Met the three mothers and designed and built for them three dwelling places. One in Rome, one in New York, and a third in Freiberg Germany. I failed to discover until too late that from those three locations, the three mothers rule the world with sorrow, tears, and darkness,

Mater Suspiriorum, the mother of sighs, and the oldest of the three, lives in Freiberg.

Mater Lachrymarum, the mother of tears, and the most beautiful of the sisters, holds rule in Rome,

Mater Tenebrarum, the mother of darkness, was the youngest and cruelest of the three, controls New York.

And I built their horrible houses, the repositories of all their filthy secrets. Those so called Mothers are actually wicked stepmothers , incapable of creating life.


from The Three Mothers (Le Tre Madri), released October 31, 2016
Darkness (Mater Tenebrarum)
inspired by Suspiria from Dario Argento's movie trilogy The Three Mothers (Le Tre madri)

Dani Mari - lyrics, vocals
- danimarimusic.com
Johnny Butler - production, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, organ
- johnnybutler.com
Todd Reynolds - violin
- toddreynolds.com
Rose Rutledge - flute
- roserutledgemusic.com
Will Hanza - mandolin, acoustic guitar
- willhanza.com
Mixed by Robert Lux
- robertlux.com
Mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves
- thethousandcaves.com

Artwork by Dani Mari



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Johnny Butler & Dani Mari have united to create a series of songs inspired by Dario Argento's movie trilogy about three witches called The Three Mothers (Le Tre madri), (Suspiria, Inferno, Mother of Tears). The first single Sighs (Mater Suspiriorum) or the Witch of Sighs, combines Johnny Butler's sultry saxophone and other woodwind instrument melodies with Dani Mari's haunting witchy vocals. ... more

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