Persephone’s Dream (fondly known simply as “PD” by fans and members) began as just that: a dream, conceived by founders Rowen Poole and Chris Siegle in the early 1990’s. After the initial release of Evening Mirage (1997), the original conception of PD as a studio band evolved into something far more: a fusion of the auditory, the intellectual, the sensual and…the visual. With the addition of new members and the successive releases of Moonspell (1999), Opposition (2001), and Pyre of Dreams (2007), the band retained its early penchant for creating original female-fronted, progressive music that is musically complex, thought-provoking (most often inspired by science, science-fiction, and mythological lore), and yet laced with subtle overtones of eroticism. To the mix, they added a solid emphasis on the theatrical and visual elements of performance. Fueled by this combination, PD launched into the public sphere: appearing at festivals such as PowerMad, ProgFest, and 3RP (Three Rivers Progressive Festival); gaining broad recognition and critical acclaim in the international Prog, Metal, and Goth communities; and winning over a cadre of fans with the sheer intensity and originality of its music and live shows.
In September of 2010, PD delivered its fifth full-length CD: Pan: An Urban Pastoral. The current lineup consists of Rowen Poole (guitar); John “J.T.” Tallent (percussion); Jim Waugaman (keyboards, vocals); Scot Harvey (drums); Roman Propenko (bass); Josephine Crooks (vocals) and Leah Martell (vocals). The new CD is a full-fledged concept album, not far removed from the “rock opera” genre¬an extension of PD’s earlier foray into concept-composition, Pyre of Dreams’ Arthurian “Temple in Time” quintology.
Since its inception not quite twenty years ago, Persephone’s Dream has endeavored to create Music: music that speaks to a diverse audience; that transcends meter, the incidental, and the merely mediocre; that forges connections between themselves and their listeners; and that touches you on multiple levels whether musical, intellectual, artistic, philosophical, spiritual, sensual, or any combination of the above.