Walls of Sound: The Ecology of the Borderlands
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About the Event
An original composition exploring the natural environment of the Sonoran Desert at the U.S.-Mexico border. “Walls of Sound” brings together collaborators from across disciplines including musicians, scientists, activists, and theater, and was funded in part by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in New York.
For this piece, Alexander Meszler invites us into an immersive sonic and visual experience in contemplating the human impact of the militarization of borders and consequences for the natural environment. Composed in 2018, this work is a multimedia collaboration including musician Glenn Weyant whose work has addressed the militarization of the Southern Arizona borderlands since 2006; the video works of artist Erik Miller and videographer Samantha Lloyd; and musical works composed specifically for this program by Garth Paine and Huw Morgan.
The program is narrated with the poetry of Alberto Rios, poet laureate of Arizona, and scientific research by Michael Schoon,
Meszler is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in organ at Arizona State University under Kimberly Marshall who is known worldwide for her compelling programs and presentations of organ music. He recently returned from Versailles, France on a Fulbright award where he investigated secularism and the church organ while studying with Jean-Baptiste Robin. Tickets are a sliding scale of $15-20.