ICF 2022 Summer Festival Features Snakeskin

Cellist Craig Hultgren will perform my piece Snakeskin (verso) for cello and live electronics on Saturday, June 4 at 3pm during the Iowa Composers Forum 2022 Summer Festival of New Music. The festival will be held at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

I wrote Snakeskin (verso) for Craig after traveling to Iowa to work with him on the piece. Along with Craig’s invaluable input, the piece owes quite a bit to the region. I worked out most of the structure while sitting on a hop-covered patio at a brewery in downtown Decorah. And the title was inspired by visits to Effigy Mounds National Monument in Harpers Ferry, Iowa and Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville, Illinois.

It’s nice to see that some of my previous Badstar collaborators, Charles Nichols and Zach Duer, also have a piece on the program.

it happens it is happening

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Here’s the penultimate video from the field recordings of mind in morning project with poet Hank Lazer. The banjo on this one is in standard Sawmill tuning (gDGCD) and played in clawhammer style.

My favorite line from the poem: “please show me what you are calling ‘now'”

if it is to greet the dawn

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Here’s this week’s video from the field recordings of mind in morning project with poet Hank Lazer. This poem feels like the heart of the book to me. And the two-finger, thumb lead, fretless banjo improvisation slides along right beside it.