University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and ArtistShare recently selected Music in the American Wild as their New Artist Project.
Music in the American Wild is led by Eastman alumnae Emlyn Johnson and doctoral student Dan Ketter. It is the third project announced through the partnership of Eastman and ArtistShare, which is designed to recognize and support the careers and artistic development of Eastman students and alumni.
Music in the American Wild started with a walk in the woods. This small act inspired a grand adventure that eventually brought new music to seven American national parks in summer 2016.
This initiative, sponsored in part by a grant from National Endowment for the Arts, resulted in collaborations among composers, instrumentalists and park rangers to commission, premiere and archive new American works written for national parks.
The Eastman/ArtistShare project will allow Music in the American Wild to reach a broader community by creating a video album and studio recording that documents the 2016 experience. This album will combine its 11 park-inspired works with visuals from the partner parks.
The tour captured video footage on location at in-park performances in some of the country’s natural theaters, including 30 stories underground in Mammoth Cave, in the alpine forests of Mount Rainier and other natural venues.
Music in the American Wild features new artists who met while playing and studying music together at Eastman School of Music. These artists are committed to bringing new music to new audiences and new venues, focusing on the people, places and ideas that have shaped American history and culture.
Flutist Johnson, clarinetist Ellen Breakfield-Glick, hornist Lauren Becker, violinist Jeremy Potts, violist Emily Sheil, cellist Ketter, percussionist Colleen Bernstein and conductor Kevin Holzman will be featured in a new studio recording of the 11 works.
For information, call 585-274-1470 or email jdoser@esm.rochester.edu.