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ONLINE: GEOHERITAGE AND THE ARTS: Music in the Keweenaw Mines

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Friday, May 15, 2020, 6 am– 12 am

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ROSE, William I., GMES Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI 49931,

RUSH, Stephen, School of Music, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

SCAPPETTONE, Jennifer, English Language and Literature, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637 and

BIOLO, Carrie, Music, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI 49855

Unique music and dance within the mines of the Keweenaw has been a feature of geoheritage of recent years. The stope within dry upper levels of an underground mine at Delaware Michigan was the site of a concert by the Digital Music Ensemble of the University of Michigan led by composer/director Prof Stephen Rush.

A “Rock Music” event was done in the Hoist House of the Quincy Mine, an iconic historic building. This included newly composed music as well as music by Pauline Oliveros, including percussion using rocks and hoist equipment and modern dance, with Stephen Rush and Carrie Biolo from the Northern Michigan University Music Department, who also played on an icelophone made of Lake Superior ice blocks.

A live action virtual poetics project “SMOKEPENNY LYRICHORD HEAVENBRED” used specially processed LIDAR imagery in the Quincy Mine Stopes and the Hoist . The field work was led by Jennifer Scappettone from University of Chicago.

We have also recorded public old time radio performances of the Red Jacket Jamboree with geoheritage themes such as red hot lava with local musicians. This heard over Michigan Public Radio stations.

Other common arts events in the Keweenaw are combined field trips for artists and those interested in geology, called “reading the landscape”, typically. with about 20 participants who discuss landscapes from scientific and artistic perspectives and do outdoor art/geologic notes.

Our goal in this effort is to expand geoheritage awareness and build a community who will use our outstanding geosites. We will show photos and video of excerpts from these unique  events at the meeting.



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