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here. gone. is a unique, contemporary song cycle for voice and string quartet written, produced and performed by Steven Santoro. The album recording below features the famed Turtle Island Quartet, but now Steven is bringing it to the stage with an exciting new ensemble.

here. gone. is complex yet welcoming to the popular ear. This song cycle about death is really a collection of stories rooted in life, love, and loss. Some are pure fiction, others come from his own experience as a husband, son, gay man, traveler, news consumer, and teacher. Steven's ability to bring an audience on an emotional journey has earned him many accolades. His first solo album on Atlantic Records reached #1 on jazz radio in the UK. He sang background vocals for Sting, was loved by critics and audiences in NYC, his voice has appeared on national and international ad campaigns. And lately, he has been touring for enthusiastic audiences in Europe. 

For a deep look into this project, scroll this page for videos and more content.  

To book Steven at your venue, please use the contact form at bottom of this page.  Or see the email address below. 

The Live Quartet

Chris Devine

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Sarah Briggs

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Charlotte Malin

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Greg Snedeker


Song Synopses


  2. STRANGE DESIGN - A celebration of flaws, beauty, and the dangerous thrill of being human, alive and mortal.

  3. LUCKY YOU’RE MINE - A simple upbeat love song that can’t help but express that one of us will die before the other.  

  4. A GHOST IN THE HOUSE - A ghost lingers around its earthly home. Sitting at the bedside of its former lover, this spirit laments being slowly erased from the world of the living.  

  5. BOOM BADA BOOM - The Grim Reaper sings this blues about eternal patience as the key to his dominance over humanity.  

  6. DON’T LOSE YOUR HEART - A reminder that living is full of pain and mistakes.  But we are just like those who came before us and those who will live after us. 

  7. GAY DANCE PARTY 1981 - The boys are dancing at the disco when a Billy Holiday-inspired drag queen crashes the party with news of  a “Gay cancer”.

  8. WHEN IT SNOWS - Winter is symbolic of death but also has the magic of life. 

  9. STAR OF THE VIDEO GAME - A messed up kid muses about being the next infamous school shooter, believing he will become immortalized in a violent PlayStation game.

  10. SHE MISSES HIM - A couple is married in the 1950's. They suffer in their traditional roles. He dies first.  She, though deeply injured by his ways, finds she still misses him.

  11. THE LONELY WANDERER - 200 years ago a young man had his heart torn out by a cult in their sacrificial ceremony. Then he awoke to the disappointment of being forever immortal.

  12. A GRAND VACATION - While pondering world history on an Italian vacation, the narrator concludes that humans have always had a great knack for enslaving, cheating, and killing each other.

  13. FEASIBILITY STUDY - An entrepreneurial alien is on Earth to conduct a study of the human race's remaining years, all in an effort to scavenge what's left of the planet's raw materials. 

  14. TODAY - Nothing is here to stay. But in the moment we can give something of ourselves. Love. 

  15. SHIPWRECK 1849 - The wind takes us back to 1849 on its violent journey to sink the ship Henry David Thoreau wrote about in, “Cape Cod”.  Then guiltily explains that this is just part of its nature. 

  16. THE SONG I COULDN’T WRITE - The songwriter of this piece tries to come to terms with his own mortality but can’t find the final lyric.  

Album & Videos Below

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