This week we're recording our first album! It's been a great week so far, with the whole ensemble back together in the studio at Eastman School of Music. We've brought wonderful collaborators on board with conductor Kevin Holzman, producer Paul Coleman, and the Eastman engineering team, and we're looking forward to sharing all these works with you in a few months!
We are excited to announce that Music in the American Wild has been accepted for an August 2017 residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. In August we'll travel to New Hampshire for a week of making music in the woods with composers Tonia Ko and Chris Chandler, and we can't wait to see what new projects bloom from our time together there!
Check out the full list of Avaloch residents here. Looking forward to a fantastic summer!
Over the next few days we'll be updating our website with the remainder of our photos, videos, and updates from our 2016 tour. We fell off the bandwagon (or tripped off the trail, really) updating our site in the midst of our adventures in Washington, but we have many stories and memories to share!
In the meantime, please take a peek at our Facebook page, where we've stayed up-to-date with our posts and given you a glimpse into what our musicians have been up to this year. Also check out this blog post reflecting on our project from our director, published on Eastman School of Music's Paul R. Judy Center blog!
Hello from North Cascades National Park! We've spent the past week in Washington playing concerts and enjoying the mountains, forests, lakes, and beaches of this beautiful state. What we've been lacking in wi-fi we've made up for in performances for enthusiastic, receptive audiences in inspiring locations!
Today marks our last day at North Cascades NP, where we are so grateful to Denise Shultz and the team at the North Cascades Institute for making our residency possible. We spent a few days at charming San Juan Island National Historical Park, where we played at English Camp and American Camp with the assistance of Raena Parsons and got to enjoy porpoises and seals at Lime Kiln State Park!
Tomorrow we head to Mount Rainier, then on to Olympic. Please check out our Facebook page for lots of photos from our tour so far, and look out for more posts coming soon to this page!
Just five days left to help us with fundraising for our second tour. If you haven't yet, please check out all of the wonderful audio and video from our last tour on Kickstarter. Remember that every donation helps us to travel, perform and create media to share our music with more people like you!
We just finished our first day of rehearsal for our tour of the Pacific Northwest, including San Juan Island National Historic Park, North Cascades National Park Complex, Mount Rainier National Park, and Olympic National Park. Our performance times and locations are all set at these locations: check out our TOUR page for more details.
To start the tour, we are performing at the George Eastman Museum to complement their current exhibit, "Photography and America's National Parks." This morning, we played on the local news station 13 WHAM ABC with Alexis Arnold and discussed our upcoming tour and weekend concert at the GEM. Check out this awesome interview!
In addition, our Washington tour was plugged by the Seattle Times, suggesting things to do in area parks this summer. Nice!
With 16 days to go on our Kickstarter campaign, we have raised 22% of our goal! Check out our campaign page for lots of new audio and video footage from our first tour, and please consider supporting our Pacific Northwest adventure!
Thank you to our generous supporters who have made donations already, and thank you to our whole online community for your support of our musical endeavors in national parks across the country!
We just put together a Kickstarter campaign to help offset our costs for the August tour. There is tons of awesome new audio and video from our June tour available in the campaign, so be sure to check it out. If you aren't able to contribute, remember that sharing our content and the Kickstarter is a great way to help. Remember that every dollar will help our musicians share more music and media all over the country to celebrate the National Park Service centennial with people like you!
Yesterday we met up with Matt Molloy of 13 WHAM in Rochester, NY, by Eastman School of Music to discuss Music in the American Wild. They were so nice to do a feature yesterday evening on our project! Thanks Matt; it was great to meet you!
Images and outdoor field recordings from our tour of Mammoth Cave, Great Smoky Mountains, and Shenandoah National Parks.
Enjoy this trailer made by our videographer, Jorge Arzac, showcasing our southeast tour. We played concerts at Mammoth Cave, Great Smoky Mountains, and Shenandoah National Parks, as well as performed at Locust Grove in Louisville, KY, The Theatre at Washington, VA, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Park rangers told us that our tour reached over 2,000 people in and around the parks!
In addition to our concerts, we made field recordings 30 stories underground in Mammoth Cave, on top of Purchase Knob in the Smoky Mountains, and at Big Meadows along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah.
We had a fantastic time celebrating the National Park Service centennial by sharing our music with park-going audiences and performing in scenic and inspiring locations throughout the southeast. Scroll down below for more posts with photos and videos from each of our southeast performances, and keep your eyes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for lots more great footage.
Thanks for the mention, The New York Times - Travel! We're excited to continue our National Park Service centennial celebration in Washington state in August!
You can see us in print on page 3 of today's New York Times - Travel section.
Here are some pictures from recording in beautiful Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park. We were recording a piece written by Chris Chandler about this place!
Check out a movement that we recorded in the meadow about Skyline Drive. Can you hear the cars driving up and down through the park?
Photos by Geoff Sheil.
Check out some pictures from our performance on Purchase Knob in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Thanks to Ranger Susan Sachs and Emily Jones of the National Parks Conservation Association for hosting us and setting up this special event in such an amazing place!
Photos by Geoff Sheil.
Check out these photos from our recording session in Mammoth Cave. Thanks to Vickie Carson for guiding us as we recorded works by Chris Chandler, Tonia Ko, and others 30 stories below the ground!
Check out an excerpt from a piece by Clay Mettens, written to celebrate all the high and low places. You can hear us starting with airy music for high places and descending down into dark harmonies that really fit the cave setting where we were playing.
Photos by Geoff Sheil.
Our tour kicked off on June 9 at Locust Grove Historic Site in Louisville, KY. What a beautiful place! Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming performances at Mammoth Cave and beyond. Thanks to Jorge Arzac for this awesome tour teaser!
Just a quick update from the road to Louisville, where we play our first concert at Locust Grove tomorrow night at 7:00 PM! We've had a week full of rehearsals, and we're looking forward to sharing our music with all of you this summer. Check back regularly for updates - we'll have tons of photos, videos, anecdotes, and recordings to share along the way!
After our performance at Locust Grove, you can catch us at Mammoth Cave National Park on Saturday, June 11. We'll play down in the cave between 10 AM and 2 PM, and then we'll perform a full concert at the amphitheater at 7:30. Mammoth Cave is a really special place, and we're excited to experience the park above and below ground. Hope you can join us!
We concluded our visits with a ferry trip to San Juan Island National Historical Park. Ranger Raena Parsons gave us a fantastic tour of the park and the island, and we're already dreaming about our August return to this special place!