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single - Elemental

by Allison Burik

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Elemental is a reflection on how we cope with grief, rage, yearning, and the ever constant battle with forces that oppose us. It is also a message of healing and hope.

Through July 2021, all proceeds from this single will be donated to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society www.irsss.ca/home
I’ll match 50% of whatever is raised to add to the donation.


"You will turn into the salty sea
Swirling clouds of life in thee
Travel from shore to stoic shore
Searching horizons for something more
Than this life
Can offer
The unseen and ancient
You’re searching for something more

You will return to the fertile earth
Life having sapped every bit of your mirth
Soil and sand start to fill your ears
Muffle the sound so that you cannot hear
What this life
Has offered
The dark and unspeakable
Sometimes you’d just rather not hear

You will turn into a raging pyre
Once overcome with vengeful ire
Oh you’ll leave no trace of them
You’ll leave no trace of them
They’ll harm us
No longer
We’ll rise up in spite of them
And after begin to restore

You will become the northern wind
Travel through years and back again
Repeat the patterns of ancient lore
Searching horizons for something more
The meaning
That’s out there
The love that’s inside of all
You’re searching for something
There has to be something
The journey goes on evermore"


released June 26, 2021
Afarin Nazarijou - Qanun
Lucy Little - Octave Violin
Nikita Manin - Clarinet
Grace Ward - Bass
Allison Burik - Vocals, composition, mixing, mastering

Many thanks to the mentors that helped in the creation of this song, especially Carla Kihlstedt, and thank you to Imani Uzuri for always encouraging me to sing!


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Allison Burik Montreal, Québec

Allison Burik is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and improvisor. Their music bends genres and draws from diverse influences from avant-garde jazz to north American folk. They are a member of Umbrella Pine:


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