Canvas the Bear (extended version) | pierrot & percussion | 4″ | 2016
commissioned | Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble, dir. Bill Ryan
premiered | Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble @ Badlands National Park
release | innova 044, Dawn Chorus: Music Inspired by Our National Parks
recording | Solid Sound, Ann Arbor MI
mixing | Niko D. Schroeder
mastering | Legacy Sound, New Rochelle NY
My granddad owns a very, very old jeep. A mostly nonfunctioning, terrifying vehicle. Nevertheless, a great joy of my childhood was the mountaineering that it tolerated. One day, racing an afternoon thunderstorm back down the mountain, my grandad mashed the brakes to stop short of a hulking bear. The only thing standing between the enormous animal and my meager ten-year-old body was the ancient jeep’s rusting frame. The bear meandered on, apparently unperturbed by the vehicle’s sputtering.
I spent many youthful afternoons thinking of that bear. Where does it live? How is it doing? Does it think of me too?
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Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble 2022 National Parks Tour @ Rocky Mountain, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon, & Great Basin National Parks, Dinosaur National Monument, Baker NV Bristlecone General Store, & the Boulder CO Rayback Collective
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