SPCO's Liquid Music presents Brian Harnetty: Shawnee, Ohio
- 9:30 PM
Tuesday Mar 20, 2018
Mairs Concert Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Music Building
The Macalester Music Department is pleased to partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series in their presentation of BRIAN HARNETTY: SHAWNEE, OHIO, part of the No Fiction Festival.
A post-show conversation will be led by Macalester College Professor of Music Mark Mazullo.
The event features eleven portraits of people and songs from Appalachian Ohio that chronicles their history with energy and extraction, from coal mining in the 19th century to fracking today.
“Harnetty brings gem recordings up out of the basement and into the light....the resulting music isn’t about stepping back into the past, but rather experiencing the past and the present simultaneously in a way that is instructive.” – New Music Box
Performed with sampled archives, field recordings and live musicians, Shawnee, Ohio critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history to ask: What are the sounds of mining? Of fracking? Of a town fighting to survive after a century of economic decline and environmental degradation? These sounds are recorded as compositional material reflecting layers of history and memory in Appalachian Ohio. Shawnee’s history includes coal, gas and clay extraction, and the formation of early labor unions. The town’s downturn and partial restoration act as an ethos of the struggles and hopes of the larger region, now immersed in a controversial fracking boom. Shawnee, Ohio considers these histories, evokes place through sound, and listens to the present alongside traces of the past.
This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty and Public
Sponsored By: Music
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