Home Playshops Calendar Press Kit Recordings Gallery Resources Contact
 

Origins Concert - Press Kit

This page provides text descriptions for an Origins concert.

For images that can be used for press purposes, please visit the press photos page.

For Bio information, please visit the Clint Goss Bio page.

 

Promotional Text (for fliers)

Join us for an evening of organic music performance from before a time when music became over-civilized.

Clint Goss [, … guest artist …] [, … guest artist …] and Vera Shanov explore our musical Origins using traditional ethnic instruments from dozens of countries along with nature sound recordings from around the world. Learn about the Slovakian Fujara, the Chinese Bawu, and the Swiss Hang. Everyone becomes a part of the music in our conducted improvisations throughout the evening.

So please join in the fun by bringing any small percussion instruments (rattles, shakers, etc.) or ethnic world flutes you may have, or use instruments that we provide.

We hope you can join us!

Single-Paragraph Description

Origins explores the musical connections between humans and nature. Clint Goss, Vera Shanov and their guest artists involve the audience by creating organic music from before a time when music became over-civilized. The event journeys from the beginnings of human musicality on through a range of musical cultures, using a wide array of traditional ethnic instruments. The audience is encouraged to bring their own small percussion instruments (rattles, shakers, etc.) or ethnic world flutes, so that all are included in the creation of improvisational music.

Brief Description

Origins explores the musical connections between humans and nature. In a concert setting staged in-the-round, Clint Goss and Vera Shanov and their guest artists involve the audience by creating organic music from before a time when music became over-civilized.

The event journeys from the beginnings of human musicality by surrounding the participants with sonic environments from the last remaining pristine soundscapes, both aquatic and land-based. These include historically significant recordings of endangered and extinct species.

Origins also explores a range of musical cultures, using the traditional ethnic instruments, video, and images from Clint and Vera's travels in 77 countries. This includes the earliest known human melodies and the earliest music from North America, Ireland, and China.

Finally, Origins delves into the nature of improvisation itself. Using basic forms found in all world music, participants explore their own innate ability to improvise.

The music of Origins incorporates instruments that are ethnographic artifacts, museum replicas of the earliest Native American Flutes, a traditional Slovakian fujara, a Laotian kaen, a Chinese hulusi, a chorus of Bulgarian bird whistles, and a variety of other instruments.

The audience actively participates in creating the music of the event. Origins is staged in-the-round and everyone is provided easy-to-play instruments. The audience is also encouraged to bring their own small percussion instruments (rattles, shakers, etc.) or ethnic world flutes, so that all are included in the creation of organic improvisational music.

Longer Description

Origins explores the musical connections between humans and nature. In a concert setting for small and medium-sized groups, Clint Goss and Vera Shanov, together with a rotating lineup of guest artists, facilitate an organic musical experience. Blurring the line between artists and audience, everyone is invited to contribute to the music and share their musical voice. Together, the group creates music from before a time when music became over-civilized.

The event journeys from the beginnings of human musicality by surrounding the participants with sonic environments from around the world. These environments include recordings from the last remaining pristine soundscapes, both aquatic and land-based, including historically significant recordings of endangered and extinct species.

Origins also explores a range of musical cultures, using the traditional ethnic instruments, video, and images from Clint and Vera's travels in 77 countries, including Zimbabwe, India, Slovakia, Kenya, Namibia, Bulgaria, the Galapagos Islands, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, India, Japan, Botswana, Zambia, Morocco, Ecuador, Peru, Palestine, and Tunisia. This includes the earliest known human melodies from cultures dating as far back as 3,400 years, as well as the earliest known music from North America, Ireland, and China.

Finally, Origins delves into the nature of improvisation itself, and its role in our shared cultural development. Using basic forms found in all world music, participants explore their own innate ability to improvise.

The music of Origins incorporates instruments that are ethnographic artifacts, museum replicas of the earliest Native American Flute and an early instrument from the Taos Pueblo, a traditional Slovakian fujara, a Laotian kaen, a Chinese hulusi, and a chorus of Bulgarian bird whistles, and a variety of other eclectic instruments. And each of the guest artists provides their own added dimension to the music of Origins.

The participants are not just a passive audience, but an integral part of the music of the event. Origins is staged in-the-round and everyone is provided easy-to-play instruments and all are included in the creation of organic improvisational music. And if you have small percussion instruments (rattles, shakers, etc.) or ethnic world flutes, please bring them along!

 

 
www.ClintGoss.com • Site Map
Ver. 2.26 • Updated: April 13, 2014
Email: clint@goss.com
Copyright © 2004-2014 by Clint Goss
All Rights Reserved.