october, 2021

08oct12:00 amResidency: Michigan Technological UniversityMulti-day Residency 10/8-10/2021

Event Details

This is a multis-day composition residency with lecture, class visits, and performances at Michigan Technological University with the world premiere of Watershed, scored for soprano sax, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, percussion and electronics fashioned from field recordings of the Great Lakes. The collaboration of the Great Lakes Research Center and numerous naturalists such as Lang Elliott ,have contributed enormously, as has the availability of field recordings from the Macaulay Natural Sound Library at Cornell University. I am further indebted to many researchers, such as Dr. Bernard Wessling, who has done so much for whooping crane research. My goal is to draw attention to both the Great Lakes and the rich fauna they support, and to bring to the foreground some of the many creatures at 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 massive loss. As in my For the Birds and Singing the Blue Ridge, I juxtapose human performers with the performers in nature, creating interactions that point to both potential cooperation as well as lamentation.


(Friday) 12:00 am


Michigan Technological University

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