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music // Rogue Valley

I am a founding member of the band Rogue Valley, playing lead guitar and singing vocals. Rogue Valley was formed around and ambitious idea in 2009 - to record and release four albums in one year, one for each season, altogether telling an arching story of love, loss, time, landscape and memory. The songs from the Seasons Project have been streamed on YouTube and Spotify millions of times, and have found their way into television and film (most notably on the soundtrack of Ben Stiller's 2013 film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). Rogue Valley's reputation for performing shows with uncommon energy and dynamism grew, and the creative burst of four records led to the band touring the US, playing SXSW, and more recently, the 2015 Iceland Airwaves Festival.

Rogue Valley - Iceland Airwaves 2015

The Wolves and the Ravens [Official Music Video] Rogue Valley | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

radiate/dissolve (2016)

radiate/dissolve (2016)

The 2016 follow up album to the Seasons project is radiate/dissolve, which will be released on June 21st, 2016. Three years in the making, the approach to this album's conception and execution was the polar opposite of Rogue Valley's four-album sprint - slow, steady, and purposefully unhurried. Songwriter and frontman Chris Koza introduced new songs to the band slowly, and the group luxuriated in a deliberate, leisurely process with no deadlines, developing the songs more collaboratively in between touring. The new album reflects years of steady performing and the musical bonds developed within the group. A dustier sound permeates the album's themes of transition and purgatorial spaces, with subtle horns and synth textures weaving throughout Rogue Valley's propulsive drumming, expansice guitars, and lush vocal harmoines. Keyboardist/vocalist Linnea Mohn sees an expanded role within the group, taking lead vocal on three tracks.

False Floors (2011)

False Floors (2011)

False Floors is the fourth and final album -- the Winter chapter -- that completes Rogue Valley's season album cycle.

Geese in the Flyway (2010)

Geese in the Flyway (2010)

The Autumn chapter in Rogue Valley's seasons series of albums.

The Bookseller's House

The Bookseller's House

The second chapter in Rogue Valley's seasons series of albums.

Crater Lake (2010)

Crater Lake (2010)

Crater Lake is the debut album from Twin Cities band Rogue Valley. 

Throughout the album, a sense of migration, wonderment, and optimistic melancholy weaves itself between starkly beautiful pastoral imagery, reflecting the band's experiences touring the vast stretches of the West coast. The songs and stories merge events and memories like an embellished memoir, blurring the lines between fiction, reality, memory and perception. Crater Lake is the first album in a series of four, each to be released in consecutive seasons.