At the time of my writing this, I’ve been back from my five-month wander in the wilderness on the Pacific Crest Trail for about six weeks. Since then I've been re-adjusting to sleeping in a bed, enjoying taking a showers every day, and enjoying eating all the food I could ever want (something I obsessed over on the trail!). I’ve also been getting down to brass tacks recording music for the album that will be released on Quakebasket Records in 2015 in my home studio as well as in interesting reverberant spaces like the Georgetown Steam Plant. The Tortoise project has gotten some cool press lately too in publications like Bachtrack and CityArts.
Besides recording and releasing that album, I am also presenting a series of works relating to The Tortoise project - and now with fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas I am able to accept tax-deductible donations to make these things happen! Check it out right here! By donating you are supporting work that strengthens our connection to the natural world, creates a greater sense of place and community, and inspires people to be more in the moment in their daily lives. Donations can be made once, or on an ongoing monthly basis. Some of the projects I am working on for presenting this material include:
-An event where audience members are invited to come sleep and listen to an installation of field recordings I made on the trail that lasts all night - occasional musical gestures layered atop that respond to the recording.
-A new piece for pianist Andy Lee that includes field recordings from the Pacific Crest Trail of power lines in the desert, to be debuted in April of 2015.
-Presenting an overview of The Tortoise project at the New Music Gathering in San Francisco in January 2015
-A 30-40 minute performative lecture about The Tortoise. The lecture would incorporate field recordings made during the walk, storytelling, musical performances of excerpts of pieces written for this project by myself and other composers from the project. The sounds, talks and music would all be woven together to give the audience a clear idea as to the sonic vision of the project, of the experience, and of the diversity of music being written on the west coast.
-Music for Chicago-based choreographer Kate Corby using field recordings I made while walking and notes on the corporeal I sent back from the trail.
-A series of intimate food and tea-based events in private residences that feature field recordings and musical gestures incorporated with the foods or tea.
-A headphone listening event incorporating work from The Tortoise made for contemplative walking.
-Presenting concerts around the country of music from myself and collaborators from the album released in conjunction with this project.
-A new work for LA bassist Scott Worthington
-A new work for keyboard-based duet Hocket (Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff)
-Programs for elementary school children with performances of the work and opportunities for them to write music to accompany field recordings made here in the Pacific Northwest.
-A 40-minute theatrical work in collaboration with tenor Jeremiah Cawley
If you have any questions about any of these projects, making a donation or simply how to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
All of the best and none of the worst,