For about as long as humans have been making music, composers, songwriters and other music-makers have explored different strategies for using sound and music to evoke places and landscapes. How can a piece of music put a listener in mind of a prairie? Or a canyon? Or a city? In the first half of this workshop we will listen to and learn about some of these techniques, looking to examples from rock, pop, classical, jazz and other genres. After discussing these, participants will each spend the second half applying them to a new work of their own. No musical experience is necessary --the subject matter and practical work involved in the workshop is largely conceptual and in the past, many of the most satisfied participants in my workshops have been non-musicians. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Ben Cosgrove, a touring musician and writer based in New England, has traveled the country and the world for years composing and performing original instrumental music inspired by landscape, place and environment. He has held the Artist in Residence Fellowship at Harvard University's Signet Society as well as a Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism. He has also composed music and spoken about the relationship between music and place in collaboration with the National Park Service, National Forest Service, Schmidt Ocean Institute, Partnership for the National Trails System and more. His nonfiction has appeared in Orion, Appalachia, Northern Woodlands, Taproot and elsewhere. At Sitka, he has taught the workshops "Reflecting Place in Music" and "Music of the Landscape." More about Ben and his work can be found at www.bencosgrove.com.
• Writing implement
• Participants are welcome to bring an instrument if they choose to do so