Coyoteways is a new album by experimental composer Nat Evans drawn from his experiences with coyotes while walking thousands of miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, camping by the side of the road in rural outposts in Nevada, overlooking a bluff in the heart of his home in Seattle, and searching for petroglyphs in a canyon in western Colorado.
Following the example of Beat Generation writers like Gary Snyder who wrote contemporary coyote tales, Evans studied writings about coyote and other tricksters from mythology to create an updated mythology from his own ecological experiences through music. Evans used field recordings from his travels as well as Seattle to invoke a series of landscapes. Layers of long, sweeping guitar lines create a meditative atmosphere - a reinterpretation of the open spaces of the American west. Occasional percussion or saxophone add to the dream-like sentiment of the guitar and field recordings.
Coyoteways will be released March 31st on Mon Amie Records. On March 25th in Seattle the gallery Bridge Productions will host a preview event with the entire album being performed live, to be followed by additional tour dates around the country throughout 2017.
“Evans is making a difficult genre more accessible.” - Rebecca Haithcoat, LA Weekly
“...mirroring the stretched timelessness of meditation and exploring the unfamiliar nooks in seemingly familiar sounds.” - Ross Simonini, The Believer
“...channels all the desert spirits and wild visionaries of mythic Americana.” - Nathan Thomas, Fluid Radio
The new album by Nat Evans will be performed from start to finish with the original album performers - Will Hayes of newaxeyes on guitar, Evan Smith of The Dip on saxophone and Evans himself on percussion and electronics.
4/2 - Performative lecture on Coyoteways at Machine Project - 8pm
Coyoteways is an interdisciplinary project by Seattle artist and composer Nat Evans. For the past three years Evans has been merging his own experiences with coyotes with indigenous trickster mythology surrounding coyote in the tradition started on the West Coast by beat poet Gary Snyder. Collecting his experiences from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, being stranded by the side of the road in rural Nevada, around his home in Seattle and elsewhere, Evans has created a new set of trickster coyote tales, as well as a new album of music. Evans will be presenting this contrasting set of ideas - myth and science, concrete and abstract - through a performative lecture. Field recordings and live music from Evans as well as Chris Kallmyer on guitar will punctuate storytelling and lecture on Coyoteways.
4/14 - Seattle, WA - Coyoteways meditative listening event at Eka Yoga - a collage of field recordings and music from the album
4/21 - Iowa State University - Coyoteways live performance with JC // jp
4/22 - Kansas City, MO - Coyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album - 1pm at Nella Yoga
4/22 - Kansas City, MO - Coyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album - 7pm at Unity Temple
4/24 - Hotchkiss, CO - Coyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album at Yoga Tree
4/25 - Paonia, CO - Coyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album at Blue Sage Center for the Arts
4/28 - Portland, OR - Coyoteways meditative listening event - a collage of field recordings and music from the album at Taborspace
5/21 - Bellevue WA - Coyoteways live performance at Xperience Music Festival