Wayfarer is a powerful breed of electronic musical sorcery that will take the listener’s mind on an enchanted journey to a realm where dream and reality become one. Wayfarer was founded in 1994 by composer, multimedia artist, software developer, and professor, Lawrence W. Moore. Wayfarer began as a group, continued as a collaborative project, and then a solo project as Moore, moved from one place to another, pursuing his academic career. Now,, located in Miami, FL, Moore has enlisted the collaborative talents of his wife and fellow composer, Liza Seigido. Seigido contributes to Wayfarer as a vocal artist and lyricist, bringing this already powerful music to a whole new level.
Lawrence W. Moore
Dr. Lawrence W. Moore is a composer, multimedia artist, software developer, and professor in higher education. His specialization in composition is the creation of electro-acoustic art music and the development of compositional tools and synthesis software in programming environments such as Csound, Pure Data, and Processing. As a multimedia artist, Moore specializes in fractal animation and interactive media. For more information about Moore’s professional endeavors in electro-acoustic art music, multimedia art, software development, and education, please visit LWM Music.
Dr. Liza Seigido is a composer, multimedia artist, vocalist, and professor of higher education whose specialties include electro-acoustic music with live processing, development of interactive hardware and software systems, and vocal performance. Her talents for using her voice as an expressive instrument with a dynamic array of approaches makes her contribution to Wayfarer pure magic. Seigido is also the founder of the Psyche Electro-Acoustic Opera Company, which incorporates live musical performance, interactive systems, dance, and multimedia art in a full-featured sensory experience.
The History of Wayfarer
Wayfarer was originally founded in 1994 by Lawrence W. Moore when he was studying toward his BA in Music at Lebanon Valley College, in Annville, PA. Moore originally established the group as a new age, electronica, and world beat ensemble featuring the saxophonist/keyboardist, Steve Raab and the trumpeter/percussionist, Willie Carmona. The trio played in several performances during a short, 2 year period before Moore needed to move to Sate College, PA to pursue his masters degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Theory and Composition in 1996. Moore spent 4-5 years in State College, remaining there for a year or so after finishing his degrees. It was during this period, between 199 and 2001 that Moore was making a living as a saxophonist performing in a number of groups for hire and regularly with Africarib and Phat Albert. The former was an Acro-Caribbean and Latin music group and the latter was a funk and soul band. During this time, Moore continued writing Wayfarer music and released the first Wayfarer album, Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary album included music wrote back in the early days of Wayfarer while at LVC and new music he was composing in State College, PA. At this point in time, Wayfarer was primarily a solo project of Moore’s with some collaboration from guitarist, Bradley Hinton. In early 2001, Moore moved to Miami, FL to study Media Writing and Production at the University of Miami. While it was a third master’s degree, Moore felt it important to the work he was doing with Wayfarer music, as he was engineering recordings and hoping to write for various forms of media. As Moore honed his skills in engineering and production, he continued writing Wayfarer music as a solo project, with a few attempts at coloration (none of which panned out).
In 2003, immediately following Moore’s completion of a MM in Media Writing and Production, he continued at the University of Miami to study toward a DMA in Music Theory and Composition. It would not be until 2005 that Moore released the second Wayfarer album, Tale Told by an Idiot, which reflected much of his compositional output in his initial years in Miami. Moore’s time was divided between writing for projects related to his studies and writing for himself. Upon embarking on the DMA, Moore found the music he wrote for Wayfarer to be incompatible with the “art music” that would be acceptable from a compositional student studying a doctoral degree in composition. Moore electro-acoustic compositions were based more upon the intellect and less upon the heart and soul that was the fore of Wayfarer music. Nevertheless, feeling that the music he was composing was still a part of him, Moore released two albums in 2007, C Journey and When the Shadows Came Upon Us All. The former was an album entirely composed in the computer music programming language, Csound. The music was highly based on intellectual abstraction and experimentation in digital synthesis. It was a drastic shift from the course that Moore had originally established for Wayfarer music.
When the Shadows Came Upon Us All was a deeply spiritual album, however, for Moore. The music definitely had the spirit of Wayfarer music, but it was very dark and brooding throughout the whole album. The compositions were very honest in that Moore was going through some personal hardships during these years. After completing the coursework for his doctorate in 2008, Moore devoted is time to his career as an adjunct professor teaching at both the University of Miami and Miami-Dade College (where he had been teaching since 2002). It was during this time that Moore needed to devote much of his free time to writing and creating software for his doctoral dissertation. Wayfarer took a back seat. During 2007-2010, Moore was able to make some time to work on music for meditation, which was near and dear to his heart and his desire for spiritual growth. Moore’s love for all things spiritual stemmed form the early days of Wayfarer, and it seemed fitting the first Wayfarer album dedicated to music for Meditation would be embarked on at this time. Though it wasn’t until 2012 that Meditations was officially released, much of the work and research on binaural beating and chakras took place at this time. The album took a good deal of research and some serious efforts at attaining field recordings of nature sounds conducive to the meditations on the album.
From 2011-2013, Moore worked heavily on his art music composition, traveling to festivals, and teaching a very heavy load with two adjunct teaching positions. Wayfarer took a backseat to everything else. In 2014, Moore really wanted to release another Wayfarer album and keep Wayfarer going. It was in 2014 that Moore released Pitch and Time – In and Out, which entirely consisted of his “new music compositions.” It reflected Moore’s desire to further his career in academia. To this day, Moore is not at all happy with the album, while some of the pieces have received accolades and performances in the ivory towers of academia. In the years since, Moore has been primarily working on multimedia art in which he composes music and creates video art for a multimedia performance. Moore has dabbled with including some of these pieces as Wayfarer music, but has resigned himself to only including the Meditation mandalas as Wayfarer music. Moore did not want to repeat what he had done on the last Wayfarer album and further cloud what Wayfarer music really is.
It is at this time, in 2016, that Moore is completing some mixes of music that he had been composing here and there over the past few years. As Moore had been finished with his studies for a number of years now, he feels a new found freedom to compose what he really wants to compose. At times, the music is of a more art music/experimental nature and at times, the music is composed purely for enjoyment and has the expressiveness that is essential in Moore’s original vision for Wayfarer. Moore is poised to release an album of new Wayfarer music that combines the spiritual nature of Wayfarer with the emotional expressiveness that is more in line with the Wayfarer sound. The music once again draws upon the influences of new age, world beat, and electronica right alongside electronic experimentation. As Moore has also enlisted the contributions of his wife, Lia Seigido, the next Wayfarer album promises to be a stellar one.