Art is a many splendored thing
By Joy Michiel
Every year, something magical happens in the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region. Combining music, dance, poetry and installation art, Trails & Vistas is the most unique art experience around. This year the event has, once again, culled a diverse offering if talent for another total experience.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Trails & Vistas will be hosting a concert of world music. This year’s theme is “Reflections” and the concert will include performances from award-winning flutist Ann Licater and double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case.
Licater’s passion for the inspirational and healing music of the Native American flute was ignited at a powwow where she heard the beautiful call of a flute being played. Licater’s unique approach merges her intuition, spiritual perspective and traditional music background to create beautiful original melodies and inspired, improvisational compositions. In concert, she performs on a dozen or more flutes made of wood and clay including a nose flute from Maui, a five-hole flute made from clay found in the Mayan region of Mexico, and a flute made of reclaimed redwood from a wine vat that once held Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon. When Licater performs, she connects with her audience by incorporating stories of origin about each of her flutes, using her warm style and engaging stage presence.
Ian Ethan Case hails from Boston and has a strikingly unconventional, self-invented approach to the double-neck guitar that is both magical to hear and fascinating to watch. At times intensely percussive and complex rhythmically, Case’s music is just as often spacious, delicate and melodic. While most who venture to play the instrument are unaware of its possibilities, for him it is “the most effective and intuitive means I’ve found to translate into sound the things I’m hearing in my head.” At the concert, Case’s performance will take his already multi-layered, three-dimensional sound and multiply it exponentially with his well-polished and highly musical employment of an electronic looping device.
Continuing the line up is Reno Taiko Tsurunokai, a Japanese drum group formed by Rieko Shimbo. Tsurunokai means “gathering of cranes” and the crane is the symbol of the group. Shimbo was born in Tokyo where she studied traditional Japanese music and folk dancing. Her passion, as well as the mission of this group, is to introduce people to the rich culture of Japan by sharing this exciting art form, as well as to create a feeling of community through the music. The group plays traditional Japanese folk music, as well as original songs.
The 40-piece San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra directed by Michael DiGiacinto rounds out the world concert. The orchestra has a long performance tradition of providing quality programming for students who are preparing to enter the world of orchestral performance. DiGiacinto is an active conductor, composer and pianist who is a passionate advocate for contemporary music.
As an added bonus, Truckee artist Susie Alexander will paint while the orchestra plays and a ballerina from InnerRhythms will be painted on stage. When it comes to art, Trials & Vistas is covering all the bases.
Trails & Vistas World Music Concert plays Sept. 7 at the Truckee Regional Park Amphitheatre beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, read the feature in this issue or visit trailsandvistas.org.
Saturday, Sept. 7 | Gates open 5 p.m./Concert begins at 6 p.m. | $20 advance/$30 day of show/$10 art hike attendees | All ages | Truckee Regional Park Amphitheatre | Truckee, Calif.