More Great News!

We are happy to announce that Music in the American Wild has been selected as a 2018 Classical Commissioning program grantee by Chamber Music America! We'll be working with composer Takuma Itoh on a new piece for our ensemble that will be completed next year and can't wait to share his beautiful music with all of you. We're really looking forward to this exciting collaboration and to hearing the pieces created by our fellow grantees, several of whom are already friends and colleagues. Thank you, Chamber Music America, for your generous support!

Check out the roster of 2018 Classical Commissioning grantees HERE!

Chamber Music Magazine Feature

We are thrilled to be featured in the latest issue of Chamber Music Magazine! Thanks to Brendan Howe for interviewing our director and sharing the message of what Music in the American Wild is all about. Check out Chamber Music America for more information on the fantastic chamber music being created by performers and composers across the country - and read the full magazine here!

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Mid-summer Update

The summer is flying by as we prepare for our return trip to North Cascades National Park!

We've been crafting our activities for our week of music-making, and on August 21-25 we'll be hosting workshops, concerts, and activities in the park. Visitors can join us for several daily programs, including an active "Music Moves Outdoors" workshop, a session on how "Nature Inspires Music," and a good old fashioned back porch music jam. Of course there will be evening campground concerts, too, with music inspired by animals, landscapes, and the great outdoors, that will be a perfect way to bring your day in the park to a close.

We have a few new members joining our team this summer, and we'll be introducing them to you on Facebook in the coming weeks. We are really excited to be expanding our American Wild Ensemble family!

North Cascades National Park Residency

We are thrilled to announce that this summer we will be returning to North Cascades National Park for a week of music making in the wild!

We will host a series of daily concerts and musical activities in the park August 21-25, all leading up to North Cascade's 50th anniversary celebration on August 25. Denise Shultz, Chief of Interpretation and Education at North Cascades, has been a great champion of Music in the American Wild since the beginning, and we are really excited to continue our collaboration with the whole team at this beautiful and rugged park.

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PC Geoff Sheil

If you're looking for a great vacation this summer, we hope you'll join us in North Cascades for a week of singing, dancing, music making, and community building all inspired by the beauty of nature! Check back soon for more details on all our activities.

 

Happy Spring!

Spring has finally sprung in our little corner of the world, and we are already gearing up for a great summer adventure! We'll be making an official announcement soon, so check back for some exciting updates in the near future.

In the meantime, last week director Emlyn Johnson and violist Emily Sheil spoke about Music in the American Wild, musical entrepreneurship, and community engagement with a class at University of Maryland. Thanks to professor Lee Hinkel for inviting us to speak with his class! We've also been back in the studio finishing up the mixing process and heading toward mastering..... meaning our album is nearly complete! Woo!

Since we last wrote, we also had a great performance at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY, in which we premiered a dynamic new work for soprano and ensemble by Caroline Mallonee. Thanks to our generous audience for coming out to support us even in the aftermath of a huge blizzard, and a great thanks to the staff at the WRNHP who were wonderful partners in this event.

See you in the wild!

WRNHP Countdown

We're less than two weeks away from our Women's Rights National Historical Park performance!

Join us on March 3 at 2:30 PM in Seneca Falls for a beautiful and powerful program!

On Friday we had our first rehearsal, and we have an amazing lineup of musicians for this concert. Members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, University at Buffalo faculty, and the leaders of Buffalo String Works are all coming together to share music by Amy Beach, Joan Tower, and Caroline Mallonée.

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Looking Ahead

This month we've spent many evenings in the studio with our producer, Paul, listening to tracks from our upcoming album, tweaking a level here and fixing a detail there. (You can check out some of Paul's great work here!) We're thrilled with how the audio is sounding!

Alongside these late nights, we're beginning our preparation for our March 3rd performance at the Women's Rights National Historical Park. MAW director Emlyn visited the park back in the fall to meet with the rangers there and explore the different historic properties governed by the park. We're really looking forward to engaging with a different concept of the American "wild" through this collaboration - celebrating individuals, communities, and movements that have made great waves in our society.

Check back soon for more details on our upcoming performance and album release!

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New Year, New Adventures

The MAW team has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you some great new projects in 2018. We are nearing the end of our album edits (woo!) and are excited to share these audio and video recordings in the next few months! Filmmaker Jorge Arzac and producer Paul Coleman have been creating some really beautiful work, and we're so grateful to have them both on our team.

In March we'll perform the first concert in a new series inspired by women's voices. On March 3rd we'll perform at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY, where we'll premiere composer Carrie Mallonée's new work "Solitude of Self," alongside works by several other American women of the past and present. 

Check back soon for more updates on the album, our Women's Rights performance, and more adventures!

Solar Eclipse!

We are so excited to celebrate the total solar eclipse

today at Great Smoky Mountains National Park!

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At noon today MAW flutist Emlyn Johnson and cellist Daniel Ketter will be performing as a duo on the mainstage at Clingmans Dome. Later they will collaborate with Dance Exchange as the dancers work directly with the crowd at the event to create eclipse-inspired group movement. Our MAW duo will perform alongside fellow musicians, dancers, storytellers, NASA scientists, and astronauts - it's going to be a party!

We are thrilled to be back at the Smokies taking part in this historical event. Thanks to the National Park Service staff for inviting us back! If you want to join in the celebration from afar, check out the NASA 360 link HERE. The whole day of events will be livestreamed for viewers around the world!

 

Video Album with ArtistShare

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new fan-funded ArtistShare project - a Music in the American Wild video album!

Back in May we recorded our first studio album: 11 new pieces and two hours of music. Now we are partnering with ArtistShare to release not only the audio recording, but an enhanced video album that will include striking visuals from our 2016 tour. This album will combine fantastic new music with beautiful footage from our seven partner parks: Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, Shenandoah, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, San Juan Island, and Mammoth Cave.

At Music in the American Wild our goal is to inspire, build, and strengthen communities through new music. We feel like we've found a great partner in ArtistShare, because their mission is also one of connection - connecting like-minded artists and audiences who want to share in the process of creating exciting new work.

We can't wait to share this new video album with all of you!

New Music USA!

We are thrilled to announce that Music in the American Wild has been awarded a 2017 New Music USA grant! We are excited to embark on this new commission project, a trio for flute, violin, and cello by composer David Liptak. You can learn more about this new project HERE, and while you're on the site make sure to check out the other 2017 awardees - it's an amazing group of artists!

Thanks to New Music USA for all they do to support contemporary music commissions and performances. We can't wait to share this new trio with all of you!

Paul R. Judy Grant

We are pleased to announce that Music in the American Wild has been awarded a 2017 Paul R. Judy grant for a new commission project! Our American Wild Ensemble will be collaborating with composer Caroline Mallonee on a new work that celebrates the women who fought for civil rights the passage of women's suffrage, for a performance at the Women's Rights National Historical Park in 2018. (More updates coming soon!)

We are looking forward to adding voice to our ensemble and to working with another unique National Park Service site that provides profound historical and cultural value to our country. And as much as we love to travel, we are really excited to celebrate the amazing local history of our home base in New York state!

That's a Wrap!

Last week we spent upwards of 30 hours in the studio rehearsing and recording our first album, comprised of all 11 pieces we commissioned last year in celebration of the National Park Service centennial. It was really meaningful to return to these pieces that we premiered in the national parks last summer, and the music brought up so many funny stories and great memories of our first forays into the wild. What a group, and what a week!

We'll be sharing more about the album process in the coming months, so check back here and follow us on social media for updates. And thank you again to all who have supported our journey so far. We're looking forward to sharing this album and many future adventures with you!

 

 

Notes from the Studio

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!

 7 pieces down, 4 to go!

7 pieces down, 4 to go!

Summer 2017 Adventures

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!

And We're Back!

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!

 Enjoying the sunshine on the ferry to San Juan Island  PC Geoff Sheil

Enjoying the sunshine on the ferry to San Juan Island

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Mid-Tour Review

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!