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World Premiere Of Terra Infirma: Michigan Technological University

October 8

This is part of a residency Oct. 6-8 that includes a lecture, class visits, and performances at Michigan Technological University, including the world premiere of Terra Infirma, scored for soprano sax, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, percussion and electronics fashioned from field recordings of the fauna sustained by the Great Lakes watershed, as well as sounds of the lakes themselves.

The collaboration of the Great Lakes Research Center, as well as many other organizations and individuals listed below, were crucial to this project and actively contributing to building awareness of the unfolding crisis.. My goal here  is to draw attention to both the Great Lakes and the fauna they support, and to foreground some of the many creatures at immediate risk due to human activity. While there are many organizations and individuals working to ameliorate the situation, it will take a dramatic and large-scale effort to forestall more massive loss. As in my For the Birds and Singing the Blue Ridge, I think of the interactions between the human performers and other animal voices as both a conversation and a lament for the damage we have been and are causing to so many species. May we collectively and finally do what is necessary to prevent even worse results and ameliorate what we can!


Field Recording Sources

Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Kirtland’s Warbler (EG Boyes, 223058), Piping Plover (George B. Reynard, 2981),
Sandhill Crane (Wil Hershberger, 2539731), Bobolink (Wil Hershberger, 527283),
Common Loon (William W.H. Gunn, 43039)

Music of Nature – Lang Elliott
American Toad, Bullfrog (serenade), Fowler’s Toad, Green Frog, Pickerel Frog, Spring
Peepers, Common Loon, Wood Thrush, Elk (bugling), River Otter, Wolf (solo and chorus)

Individuals & Additional Organizations

Boreal Chorus Frog and Blanchard’s Cricket Frog (Gary Nafis. californiaherps.com),Boreal Chorus Frog yell (www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/minute_chorusfrogs.htm)Northern Leopard Frog and Pickerel Frog (Andrew Badje, usgs.vog/centers/eesc), Mink Frog(www.umesc.usgs.gov/terrestrial/amphibians/Armi/frog_calls.html), Loon Preservation (loon.org), Canadian Lynx (Stuart Chapman), Drumfish (Rodney Rountree, fishecology.org), Lake Trout, Round Goby, and Sturgeon (Nicholas S. Johnson/Tyler Bruning, usgs.gov/centers/great-lakes-science-center/science/Hammond-bay-biological-station), Dennis Higgs (higgsfishlab.com), Common Loon (Davyd Betchkal, nps.gov/articles/davyd-betchkal-soundscape-specialist.htm), Whooping Cranes (Dr. Bernhard Wessling, bernhard-wessling.com), Great Lakes Recordings Nature Sounds Libraries (Thomas Rex Beverly, thomasrexbeverly.com), Lake Recordings (Andrew Barnard, Director, Great Lakes Research Center) Libby Meyer (www.libbymeyer.com) Nature Recordings of Great Lakes soundscapes (Chris Plummer, Michigan Technological University, mtu.edu), Wildechoes (Chris Hails, wildechoes.org)


October 8


Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931 United States
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