NEWS RELEASE: Documentary Premiere – Symphony for Nature – August 22, 2017

We are happy to announce that Symphony for Nature, the documentary movie about the making of “Natural History,” will premiere on Southern Oregon Public Television on Tuesday, August 22 at 9PM!

 

It was truly an honor to work with so many to tell the story of last summer’s incredible and historic music event at giiwas  (Crater Lake National Park).

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This new half-hour documentary artfully explores the world premiere of “Natural History,” the powerful new composition by Michael Gordon inspired by and performed at Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake. The original score, commissioned by the Britt Music & Arts Festival in honor of the centennial of the National Park Service, brought together a diverse ensemble, including 40 members of the Britt Orchestra, regional choristers, brass and percussion, the Klamath Tribes, and drum group the Steiger Butte Singers, all conducted by Britt Orchestra Music Director Teddy Abrams. Vividly conveying the dynamic interaction between this extraordinary work of musical art and the spectacular setting, the documentary invites audiences to experience the sound, vision, and spirit of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Director: Anne Flatté l Executive Producer: Owsley Brown l Presenting PBS Station: Southern Oregon Public Television l A co-production of Owsley Brown Presents and Britt Music & Arts Festival.

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SYMPHONY FOR NATURE

The Britt Orchestra at Crater Lake

A FILM BY OWSLEY BROWN PRESENTS

A vibrant half-hour documentary about the world premiere of “Natural History,” the powerful new composition by Michael Gordon inspired by and performed at Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake. Director: Anne Flatté  Executive Producer: Owsley Brown

Presenting Public Television Station: Southern Oregon Public Television (SOPTV)

Broadcast Public Television Date: 9PM August 22, 2017

Running Time: 27 minutes

See Trailer here- Click this link: bit.ly/SFNpromo2017

Contact: Anne Flatté: anne@obpfilm.com  l-415-244-5457

www.owsleybrownpresents.com

A coproduction of Owsley Brown Presents and Britt Music & Arts Festival

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Klamath Tribal Council, Steiger Butte Singers and Tribal Representatives at Crater Lake Natural History World Premiere July 29, 2016

“I could almost envision the sounds of our ancestors,” Klamath Tribes chairman Don Gentry said afterwards. “I didn’t know I was going to be moved to tears, but I was. It incorporated and integrated our native drum, our Klamath language, the animals, and the true spirit of giiwas — Crater Lake.”

Short Synopsis
This vibrant half-hour documentary portrays the world premiere of “Natural History,”
the powerful new musical composition by Michael Gordon inspired by and performed
at Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake. The original score, commissioned by the Britt
Music & Arts Festival in honor of the centennial of America’s National Parks
Service, brought members of the Britt Orchestra together with a diverse ensemble of
musicians, including the Klamath Tribes, drum group Steiger Butte Singers,
regional choristers, brass and percussionists, conducted by Music Director Teddy
Abrams. Crater Lake has been a source of inspiration to humans for thousands of years.
Fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the United States and one of the most
pristine on earth. Gordon researched and worked on his composition over the course
of a year, culminating in the premiere of “Natural History” at Watchman’s Overlook on
the rim of Crater Lake, with repeat performances in a nearby grove. Gordon’s
captivating, organic music celebrates the park’s natural wonders and the communities
that surround it. Focusing on the dynamic interaction between this extraordinary
musical experience and the legendary lake, the film artfully conveys the sound, vision,
and spirit of this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Film producers stand with Orchestra Director- Teddy Abrams, and Musical Composer- Michael Gordon at the Rim of Crater Lake. Photo by: Taylor Tupper- Klamath Tribes News Dept.

Long Synopsis

This vibrant half-hour documentary portrays the world premiere of “Natural History,”

the powerful new site-specific musical composition by Michael Gordon inspired by and

performed at Oregon’s breathtaking Crater Lake. The original score, commissioned by

the Britt Music & Arts Festival in honor of the centennial of America’s National Parks

Service, brought members of the Britt Orchestra together with a diverse ensemble of

musicians, including the Klamath Tribes, drum group Steiger Butte Singers,

regional choristers, brass and percussionists, conducted by Britt Orchestra Music

Director Teddy Abrams.

Underlying this collaboration is the connection originally forged by 19th century

photographer, Peter Britt, who the music festival is named after, and whose former

estate in Jacksonville, Oregon now serves as home for the summer concert series.

Peter Britt took the first photograph of Crater Lake, an image that played a major role

in the creation of the national park, and forever linked Crater Lake with the Britt Music

& Arts Festival.

As the film reveals, Crater Lake has been a source of inspiration to humans for

thousands of years. Fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the U.S. and one of

the most pristine on earth. Gordon researched and worked on his composition over the

course of a year, culminating in the premiere of “Natural History” at Watchman’s

Overlook on the rim of Crater Lake in July 2016, with repeat performances in a nearby

grove. Gordon’s captivating, organic music celebrates the park’s natural wonders and

the communities that surround it: he envisioned his composition as “an experiential

spectacle.” “It’s about our relationship to the natural world,” said Gordon in the film.

“There’s a Crater Lake symphony going on all year long, we’re just going to add our

voices to it.”

Gordon met with the Steiger Butte Singers during his artist-in-residency at Crater Lake,

also known as “giiwas” to the Klamath people, which translates to “spiritual place.”

Meeting the Klamath drum group, along with his research about how historical figures

like Henry David Thoreau and early Oregon pioneers thought about nature, influenced

both the music and the text of “Natural History.”

To create the documentary, director Anne Flatté and her crew recorded rehearsals,

interviews and performances. “It was essential to show the dynamic interaction

between this extraordinary work of musical art and the spectacular setting, and also

include historical photos and stories that help reveal the eternal power of Crater Lake,”

said Flatté. “The movie will allow many more people to experience the vision, sound,

and spirit of this once-in-a-lifetime musical collaboration.”

Anne Flatté, Filmmaker

Filmmaker Anne Flatté, based in San Francisco, directed Symphony for Nature for

Owsley Brown Presents. Flatté has produced, directed and edited on many

independent documentaries, and has focused on music-related subjects over the last

fifteen years. She is director/producer of the original web series Music Makes A City

NOW, and producer of Serenade for Haiti (Serenad pou Ayiti), directed by Owsley

Brown. She co-produced and edited Music Makes A City, (Directed by Owsley Brown III

and Jerome Hiler), and produced the TV version for PBS broadcast in 2014.

Owsley Brown Presents (OBP)

Owsley Brown Presents is an independent motion picture production company that

produces original contemporary media works with an emphasis on artistic and creative

exploration. OBP productions include award-winning, feature-length documentaries

that have enjoyed wide distribution via film festivals, theatrical and broadcast television

release worldwide. OBP also develops and produces creative programming for

distribution on the worldwide web and other digital platforms. OBP produced the

documentary Music Makes a City (National PBS broadcast, 2014) as well as the dynamic

and engaging online web series Music Makes a City Now (PBS.org, YouTube, 2014-

2015) which followed Teddy Abrams’ whirlwind debut season as music director of the

Louisville Orchestra. In Fall, 2016, OBP completed Serenade for Haiti, a feature-length

documentary that celebrates the rich legacy of Haitian music and the journey of one

remarkable music school in Port-au-Prince. www.owsleybrownpresents.com

Britt Music & Arts Festival

Britt Music & Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Pacific Northwest’s premier

outdoor summer performing arts festival. Located in the historic 1850s gold rush town

of Jacksonville, Oregon (USA), Britt presents dozens of summer concerts, featuring

world-class artists in classical music, jazz, blues, folk, bluegrass, world, pop and country

music. Britt’s performance venue is a naturally formed amphitheater set among majestic

ponderosa pines and native madrones on the beautiful hillside estate of 19th century

photographer Peter Britt. Founded in 1963, the Britt Orchestra Season features a

professional orchestra of 90 musicians who come from all over the United States for a

three-week stay in southern Oregon. Internationally renowned guest artists join the

orchestra each August to present a series of extraordinary concerts under a canopy of

stars. Each season includes seven orchestral concerts, plus children’s concerts, chamber

music events and receptions. “Natural History” is the Britt Festival’s first site-specific

orchestral commission.

Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park is in the Cascade Mountains of southern Oregon. It’s known

for its namesake Crater Lake, formed by the now-collapsed volcano, Mount Mazama.

Wizard Island is a cinder cone near the western edge of the lake. Crater Lake is the only

national park in Oregon. In 1874, pioneer photographer Peter Britt took the first

photograph of Crater Lake in Southern Oregon. That image played a major role in later

efforts to create a national park at Crater Lake. In 1963, Peter Britt’s Jacksonville estate

became the site of the newly founded Britt Music and Arts Festival, forever linking the

Britt Orchestra to the artistic legacy of the park.

Michael Gordon, Composer

Michael Gordon, who is based in New York, has been composing music for more than

25 years, and has been commissioned by many major orchestras. Over the last few years,

Gordon has experimented with translating places into sound symphonies, creating

major compositions for New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. His music embodies, in

the words of The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, “the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance

of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism.” Gordon visited Crater Lake

several times over the course of his time as artist-in-residence at the iconic park in order

to conceive a musical response to the place. The resulting new work, Natural History,

was performed five times over the course of the two days.

Teddy Abrams, Music Director

An unusually versatile musician, Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well

as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. Music Director and Conductor of

the Britt Orchestra, he also serves as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra. An

accomplished pianist and clarinetist, Abrams has appeared as a soloist with a number of

orchestras including playing and conducting the Ravel Piano Concerto with the

Jacksonville Symphony in fall 2013 and has performed chamber music with the St.

Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Time for Three and John

Adams, in addition to annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival. Abrams is

dedicated to exploring new and engaging ways to communicate with a diverse range of

audiences.

Steiger Butte Singers, local Klamath Tribal Members

The Steiger Butte Singers are from Chiloquin, Oregon and are members of the Klamath

Tribes. Their name, Steiger Butte, originates from a vision quest site used traditionally

by the tribal people. The Steiger Butte Singers drum has been in existence for more

than 3 generations. This drum has always been a family drum that travels the United

States and the Pacific Northwest. Now in their third generation of singers, Steiger

Butte is comprised of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunties, nephews and

nieces who are a Northern Style powwow drum, which previously performed at the Britt

Festival and for the Crater Lake- Mirror of Heaven- documentary.

(Historical Figures)

Peter Britt

Peter Britt was a Jacksonville, Oregon photographer who took the first photograph of

Crater Lake National Park in 1874. Born on March 12, 1819 in the Swiss canton of Glarus,

Britt immigrated to the United States in 1845 with his brother and father. His

photographic work was primarily portraits, but he also took street and panoramic views

of Jacksonville and documented local gold mining, railroad building, and scenic

attractions. His images of Crater Lake were used in the campaign to create Crater Lake

National Park in 1902.

William Steel

Born in Stafford, Ohio in 1854, William Steel is regarded as the “Father of Crater Lake

National Park.” Steel spent years lobbying and fighting for National Park status of

Crater Lake. He served as the park’s second superintendent, pushed for development

of Crater Lake, co-founded the Mazama’s mountaineering club, and did much to

conserve the natural resources of Crater Lake National Park. Steel died November 21,

1934.

Voices of Symphony for Nature: The Britt Orchestra at

Crater Lake

“We started with what would be the most spectacular moving experience we could

thing of…that’s always a good place to start.”

Teddy Abrams, Brit Orchestra Music Director

It’s about our relationship to the natural world…there’s a Crater Lake symphony going

on all year long, we’re just going to add our voices to it.”

Michael Gordon, Composer

We don’t go up there very often…because it is a spiritual place and we’re told…it’s a

place to come for ceremony or power, or if you need something.

Taylor Tupper, Steiger Butte Singer

“National parks are here to inspire and I think this piece really did that.”

Crater Lake Park Ranger at world premiere performance of “Natural History”

“The movie will allow many more people to experience the vision, sound, and spirit of

this once-in-a-lifetime musical collaboration.”

Anne Flatté, Filmmaker

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Ms. Taylor R. Tupper

Klamath Tribes Public Information/News Dept.

Tribal Administration Office

501 Chiloquin Blvd, or PO Box 436

Chiloquin, Oregon 97624

email: taylor.tupper@klamathtribes.com

Phone: 541-783-2219 ext. 147

www.klamathtribes.org

 

 

 

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