2022 Artist Residency
Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
I was selected as the artist in residence at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho for the summer of 2021 but my residency was postponed to the summer of 2022 due to Covid-19. The residency concerts and presentations are scheduled for September 2-4, 2022.
What is the project?
I have composed a brass quintet with five individual movements based on different natural features of the monument. The idea is that the musicians will perform each of the movements at the locations for which they were written as surprise "flash mob" style mini-concerts for the public who happen to be visiting at the time. There will also be an evening campfire concert where the work will be performed as a whole for the audience in a more traditional style concert. If possible, I would like to make video/audio recordings of the performances on-site.
It is my hope to directly engage the public imagination at the intersection of nature and music.
How you can help
Musicians need to make a living and be paid for their work just like anyone else so in order to make this project come to life I need to raise $1500 to pay them for their time and talents. Receiving funding for projects like this can sometimes be highly competitive and difficult to obtain in the arts world. I have tried several different avenues but have not gotten any results. Without this funding, I will not be able to have live musicians on-site and will probably have to resort to an electronically produce recording (which we can all agree is not nearly as awesome as live music).
I have decided to try and raise the funds myself via the small music business I run instead of a third-party service. That way you know exactly where all the funds raised are going and what they will be used for.
If you have the ability to financially contribute even a small amount to this project it would be greatly appreciated. You can do so via PayPal via the button below or via Venmo (@Matthew-Durrant) and Zelle. I will also make sure you get some kind of unique thank you for your support.
Thank you so very much for your generosity and interest in this project!