May 22, 2017 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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Wolves in music and poetry by Andrea Clearfield and Ariana Kramer
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Wolves in music and poetry by Andrea Clearfield and Ariana Kramer

Arthur Bell Auditorium

 Andrea Clearfield, a composer from Philadelphia, and Ariana Kramer, a Taos poet and writer, are participants in the Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency Program. During their residency, the two will collaborate on a project concerning Aldo Leopold’s writings on wolves and contemporary studies on the animals’ effects on ecosystems. They will share the results of their collaborative project — in music and poetry — undertaken at the Leopolds’ first home in Tres Piedras owned by the Carson National Forest.
Andrea composed music set to Ariana’s poetic narrative. The multi-movement work is scored for baritone, narrator, horn and piano. The horn symbolizes the wolf, spiritual icon of the wild; the baritone voices Leopold’s vision and transformation from wolf hunter to conservationist.
Andrea’s “Songs of the Wolf” for horn and piano was recorded on Crystal Records. Her personal relationship to New Mexico was developed through three Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowships and ongoing collaborations with artists and organizations.
Ariana has a background in writing, biology and education. She recently published poems with “The Poetry Box” and “Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art,” and participated in ekphrastic poetry event for the 2016 Taos Fall Arts Festival.
This event is free to the public, seating is limited.