We are inspired by the many courageous stands to protect our rivers with some of the moral courage shown at Standing Rock, including all those protectors along what Chinook Indians for millennia called Big River, the Columbia. To celebrate we asked Cascadia Composers to explore with percussion, woodwinds, strings or voice what the river and its France sized watershed, might mean in music.
To string together our beads of sound are gifted story tellers Ed Edmo and Will Hornyak, and visual artist Bonnie Meltzer. Ed Edmo was born at Celilo Falls, a warrior of words and of legends. Will Hornyak is master of the imagination who brings tears of recognition or a side-ache from laughing. Bonnie Meltzer creates visions of a river, ideally one without coal tarnishing its glimmer. All this in the beautiful space at NASCC.