This earth-themed concert features Earth Voices, a performance piece by Carol Ann Weaver for readers, soundscape, and visuals, with texts by 24 Mennonite writers from North and South America, Middle East, and Africa. The soundscape is based on Carol's compositions, on-site field recordings, and visuals, which frame and synergize with the spoken word. This piece seeks to find voices which can lead us into a deeper knowledge of the earth and our relationship to it.
The concert launches the new book, Sound in the Land – Music and the Environment, based on essays and writings from the 2014 Sound in the Land conference. This book is both interdisciplinary and international, including essays about ecomusicology, soundscape aesthetics, ethnomusicology, silence, science, acoustic ecology, the natural environment, and worship/ritual practices. Leading essays include those by keynote speakers R. Murray Schafer (Canadian composer) and Gus Mills (South African wildlife scientist) as well as ethnomusicologists Maisie Sum, Doreen Klassen and Judith Klassen, and many more. This book will be published as a special issue of The Conrad Grebel Review, Grebel's academic journal.
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