Forged in the waves of Byron Bay, Australia, The Pacific Series marks the inception of The Sunrise Review. Drawing a heavy inspiration from the storied Pacific Ocean and the lands that border it, compositions and recordings for The Pacific Series are the result of time spent with land and sea nature conservation sites in Australia and the U.S.A. Initial compositions for the The Pacific Series draw inspiration from the land and sea around Byron Bay, the Eastern most point of the Australian mainland. Here, jutting into the Pacific Ocean, the waves are excellent and ready to ride. It is these waves which served as the inspiration for the Sunrise Review's logo, lapping the sunsoaked beaches in one of the world's largest calderas, the Tweed Volcano. Mt. Warning (Wollumbin) stands capturing the first rays of the sun as it rises over Australia and is all that remains from this massive volcano which erupted over 20 million years ago. While recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, this region and Wollumbin has served as a spiritual and community center for the Bundjalung People of Australian Aborigines for thousands of years. In addition to the world heritage sites, there are numerous Flora and Fauna reserves as well as the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve.
The recording for the initial EP of The Pacific Series, River East River West, took place during an Artist Residency in Fall of 2010 at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast. As a resident artist, Graham was able to spend time near the 45th Parallel of the Northern Hemisphere recording the compositions from Australia. Standing adjacent to Cascade Head in the Salmon River Estuary, the Sitka Center is situated in a handful of conservation sites. The headland is set aside by the Nature Conservancy as both an endemic Flora and Fauna habitat. The estuary is a major Salmon habitat restoration effort and is a designated UNESCO Biosphere. Also present is a US Forest Service Experimental Forest as well as a congressionally designated National Scenic Research Area. The ocean is also in the process of being designated a Marine Reserve and features a rock formation similar to Julian Rocks in Byron Bay.
The next setting for the The Pacific Series is the Hawaiian volcanoes of Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and Kilauea. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign at the beginning of 2012, the recording of Palms and Pines took place at the end of February on the Big Island of Hawaii. This EP features recordings started in the forest on Cascade Head in Oregon and finished on the Big Island of Hawaii. Have a Listen