Music in the American Wild: Trios
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Two performances at North Cascades National Park Complex
This week we had two performances of David Liptak’s Two Nocturnes for flute, clarinet and cello at North Cascades National Park Complex as a part of a program about music inspired by landscapes. The program was presented at 7pm evening concerts at the Newhalem campground amphitheater on 8/23/18 and 8/25/18
David’s piece was right at home performed in this wooded amphitheater setting. The first movement, “Stone and Leaf,” tells a story of walking carefully in the dusk across stones in the back woods of his home in Pennsylvania. Stumbling into one of many caves in the area interrupts the journey, and the remainder of the movement tries to recover its footing. The second movement, “Under Starry Skies,” paints a picture of twinkling stars, often barely visible. David told us that the feeling was that of looking at the sky, thinking you may have seen a shooting star but not being sure. This was a fitting picture during our smoky week at the North Cascades.
Performances at North Cascades National Park
The American Wild Ensemble will be performing David Liptak’s Two Nocturnes for flute, clarinet and cello at evening performances for a residency at North Cascades National Park celebrating the park’s 50th anniversary. Liptak’s piece will be performed as a part of a recurring evening program at the park focusing on music inspired by natural landscapes. More details about the residency are available here: https://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm
These performances and our residency are supported by Washington’s National Park Fund
Rehearsal with composer, David Liptak
Today we had a rehearsal with our composer, David Liptak, to prepare for the first premiere of his Two Nocturnes for flute, clarinet, and cello. The first performance will be given tomorrow in an outdoor setting for Sunset Concerts of Rochester, NY, celebrating historic Rochester landmarks sponsored by The Landmark Society of Western New York. This year Sunset Concerts is made possible in part by a New York State Council on the Arts grant with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Residency at North Cascades National Park Complex
We will be performing David Liptak’s Nocturnes for flute, clarinet, and cello during our residency at North Cascades National Park Complex in August this summer, when the park is celebrating its 50th anniversary! We will share more details as they become available.
Composition completed, planning performances for Summer 2018
David Liptak has completed our composition for flute, clarinet, and cello (a wonderful set of two nocturnes) and we are currently in planning stages for performances in the summer of 2018. We will post more updates as the performance dates are finalized!
In the summer of 2016 Music in the American Wild (MAW) filled seven national parks with new music in honor of the U.S. National Park Service centennial. Supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the conductor-less, seven-member ensemble commissioned eleven new works inspired by the beauty and history of the national parks and premiered them at parks and historic sites across the country. Concerts at Great Smoky Mountains, Mammoth Cave, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Olympic, San Juan Island, and Shenandoah National Parks included performances and field recordings on mountaintops and lakeshores, in forests and meadows, and 30 stories underground in subterranean caves.
Through the course of these performances, MAW encouraged thousands of listeners to interact with American public lands in a new way, using new music to enhance their experience of place in each natural theater. Audiences and performers alike renewed their relationships with these national treasures as sites of meaningful and shared inspiration. Following the personal and critical success of this first outing, MAW now means to embark on its next adventure.
MAW is beginning its second round of commissions, this time for a trio of flute, clarinet, and cello. The decision to experiment with this smaller ensemble was determined by acknowledging the most successful aspects of the first tours and considering how to build on this positive foundation. The success of MAW’s 2016 concerts relied on the connections the ensemble formed with each of its audiences. Listeners were encouraged to engage both with ensemble members and with their environments through new music and discussion, creating a real sense of community at each performance.
With a smaller ensemble, MAW performers can more directly engage with audiences and can access a broader range of performing environments. In the past, performance locations were often chosen to reflect restrictions posed by instruments and equipment. The benefits of a smaller ensemble include logistical ones: performers can travel to more interesting, more remote locations – and more locations in general – and can interact with natural environments with more fluidity and flexibility. A trio can be more easily assimilated into a given environment, becoming a momentary part of the fabric of that place. This assimilation will in turn allow listeners to experience their surrounding environments more vividly and seamlessly. The trio configuration allows MAW to take performances to new levels by greatly expanding the range of possible outdoor concert venues and allowing a more direct, more intimate line of communication between performers and listeners in the wilderness.
MAW seeks support to fund its first trio commission, a work by celebrated composer David Liptak. Dr. Liptak will create a piece for outdoor performance, to be premiered and recorded in the summer of 2018 in several local, state, and national parks across the country, including a performance at North Cascades National Park. Concerts may involve short hikes to access particular locations but will also be made available via online media in order to engage broader audiences with the natural world through the lens of new music.
“the view from here” was commissioned for Music in the American Wild’s national park tours honoring the 2016 U.S. National Park Service centennial. It is a celebration of specific landmarks in Shenandoah National Park; this movement is written for Big Meadows. MAW premiered and performed this work in summer 2016 at seven national parks and several historic sites. This live recording, made at San Juan Island National Historical Park, is accompanied by images from our tour of four parks in Washington state and features the full MAW ensemble.
“Covers and Uncovers” was commissioned for Music in the American Wild’s national park tours celebrating the 2016 U.S. National Park Service centennial. It is an exploration of small gestures and sounds coming together to create larger, homogenous textures in music and space. MAW premiered and performed this work in summer 2016 at seven national parks and several historic sites. This video shows a live performance of Ko’s work at San Juan Island National Historical Park’s American Camp, featuring the full MAW ensemble.
Start and End Dates
06/10/2018 — 08/18/2018
Rochester, New York