Hemispheres draws together two musicians, Kate Plummer (guitar) and Maren Haynes Marchesini (cello), from the distant regions of Oceania and North America. Kate, originally from Australia, grew up in urban Sydney, playing in the city’s international jazz, blues, and rock scene, and traveled the world as a performer. Kate honed her eclectic playing style in the country and blues band The Margharitas, and later collaborated with esteemed producer Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil) on a series of solo albums. Maren, born and raised in a small college town in Montana, earned a Doctorate in ethnomusicology studying with master musicians from Ireland, Ghana, Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Tanzania, and elsewhere, while playing in indie rock bands in Seattle and San Francisco. Kate initially invited Maren to write a cello part for one track, and the collaboration blossomed into a sonically rich, emotionally dense full-length album.
Hemispheres formed in the rural hillside town of Helena, Montana, an uneasy and unlikely home for both Kate and Maren, accustomed to the artistic havens of urban cities. Inspired by guitarist James Taylor’s collaboration with cellist Yo Yo Ma, the album celebrates acoustic space and simplicity, conjuring Montana’s mountains, rivers, lakes, and vast open terrain. The album, built on Kate’s tender, instrumental songwriting, weaves this evocative scenic spaciousness into the writer’s emotionally complex life season. The album processes unforeseen grief, loss, migration, and nostalgia—and celebrates the havens of joy, discovery, and faith.