New music inspired by nature takes center stage in this chamber music concert commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service.
On September 9, 2016, Landscape Music Composers Network, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and Parrish Art Museum join forces to celebrate the National Park Service's century of conservation in a concert of new music evoking landscape, ecology, wildlife, and adventure.
"Commission-crazed" (Time Out NY) Cadillac Moon Ensemble (Karen Kim, violin; Roberta Michel, flute; Aminda Asher, cello; Sean Statser, percussion) is one of NYC's most visible new music groups. They bring their adventurous spirit and impeccable musicianship to this program of works for ensemble and solo instruments, their first collaboration with Landscape Music Composers Network.
Including both established and emerging artists from across the country, Landscape Music Composers Network is newly formed group of composers unified by a passion for increasing awareness of the natural world through music. Their works featured on this concert will include Hall of the White Giant for marimba by Stephen Lias, inspired by Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Vista for violin and electronics by Alex Shapiro; and Celestial Seasons for cello by Stephen Wood.
Cadillac Moon Ensemble will also give the World Premieres of two works composed specially for this occasion. Evoking butterflies fluttering among wind-swept wildflowers and sea turtle hatchlings crawling toward the surf, Refuge by Nell Shaw Cohen is a narrative suite featuring musical portraits of three species’ conservation stories—the Mission blue butterfly of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Kemp’s ridley sea turtle of Padre Island National Seashore, and the bison of Yellowstone National Park. Each of these species offers a different perspective from which to reflect upon the National Park Service’s role in wildlife conservation. Of Wolves and Rivers by Justin Ralls is inspired by ground-breaking research on trophic cascade in Yellowstone and explores the theme of “ecological listening” in parks by integrating soundscapes made from field recordings with instrumental textures, drawing listeners into an engagement with natural sounds.
There will be opportunities on the evening of the concert for the audience to interact with the composers, four of whom will be in attendance.
Landscape Music Composers Network
Cadillac Moon Ensemble
Landscape Music Presents Cadillac Moon Ensemble