Composed by Brian Harnetty and performed with sampled archives, video, field recordings and live musicians, "Shawnee, Ohio" critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history to ask: What are the stories of people from a rural town? What are their memories and thoughts of mining? Of fracking? What are the sounds of a town fighting to survive after a century of economic decline and environmental degradation? These sounds are used as compositional material reflecting layers of history in Appalachian Ohio.
Shawnee’s history includes coal, gas, oil and clay extraction, and the formation of early labor unions. The town’s downturn and partial restoration act as an ethos of the struggles and hopes of the larger region, now immersed in a controversial fracking boom. Shawnee, Ohio considers these histories, evokes place through sound, and listens to the present alongside traces of the past.
Friday, March 30 at 8:00pm
Rosse Hall Auditorium
105 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022