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
recording | innova 044, Dawn Chorus: Music Inspired by Our National Parks
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?
Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble 2016 National Parks Tour @ Badlands, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, & Grand Teton National Parks; Billings MT Public Library; & Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble 2018 National Parks Tour @ Voyageurs, Glacier, North Cascades, Olympic & Mount Rainier National Parks & Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble @ Grace Episcopal, Holland MI
Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble @ First Presbyterian, Grand Haven MI
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