Where Deserts Meet
flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello
Katherine Bergman Music © 2019
I was giving an artist talk during my residency at Isle Royale National Park in 2017 when an audience member asked how my music would sound if it were in response to a desert landscape instead of the wilderness of the Upper Midwest. I told him I didn't know, because I hadn't spent much time in the desert... but his question stuck with me and I had to find out. So I took a trip to Joshua Tree National Park, at the convergence of the Colorado and Mojave deserts.
Where Deserts Meet explores this multifaceted desert environment, with the form and textures within the piece reflecting the landscape that joins the Colorado and Mojave deserts. The Colorado Desert landscape is vast and mountainous, with windswept valleys of sun-baked vegetation. Just beyond its border, the Mojave Desert landscape contains manifold pockets of “micro-ecosystems” within the greater topography. These micro-environments are often cordoned off by surrounding rock formations, keeping water in the enclosed area for longer periods of time, thus creating a richer habitat for plants and animals, and disparate textures to emulate musically.
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Excerpts performed by Hub New Music