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Nat Evans: Flyover Country
May 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us for an evening of immersive storytelling, soundscapes, and imagery from gifted composer, Nat Evans.
The Grocery 3001 21st Ave S, Seattle 98144
Two evenings: Saturday May 19 and Sunday May 20
Show: 8:00pm / Doors 7:30
Tickets are sliding scale $5 – $20, all proceeds go to the artist
From the artist:
Flyover Country is a multi-layered composition picking apart stories and mythologies of Nat Evans’ family accompanied by music, visuals and electronics.
In the summer of 2017, I discovered a huge wealth of family history – family trees extending back to the 1600s, stories that had been written down, and an archive of hundreds of photographs dating back to the 1870s. As I began to assemble a history of my family and our westward expansion, I concurrently took a deep look at indigenous cultures of North America, and traveled to different places that had similar ecological features to places my family settled, such as the oceanic tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills of Kansas.
The deeper I looked at the wider history of things, the more the holes in the mythology of my family manifested themselves. Timelines of movement matched up with historical genocide at the hands of white citizen militias, treaties with the Lakota broken as millions of bison were slaughtered for the market hunt and white settlers flooded the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota to mine for gold, and unsustainable farming practices led to tilled under grasslands from Illinois to New Mexico, precipitating the Dust Bowl.
In Flyover Country, a series of stories about my family, the United States, and strange dreams had while traveling are woven together in this performance with music, archival family images, drawings, and short films from site visits.
About the artist
Nat Evans is a composer and artist based in Seattle, Washington. His interdisciplinary works range from site-specific events and installations to chamber music, scores for dance and film, conceptual works based in ecology and social practice, to meditations on everyday life.
His work is regularly presented across the United States, and has also been presented in Europe, South America, Australia and China. Evans has received numerous commissions including The Henry, Odeon Quartet, San Francisco MOMA, Seattle Art Museum, The City of Tomorrow, Portland Cello Project, ALL RISE, The Box Is Empty, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others.
Works and events by Evans have been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds and BBC3, as well as in LA Weekly, WIRED, The New York Times, Tiny Mix Tapes, The Believer and numerous other publications. His work has appeared at galleries such as Interstitial, SOIL, The Frye Art Museum, Greg Kucera, as well as Mediate Art Soundwave Biennial, Aqua Art Miami, NEPO 5k, and other festivals.
He studied music at Butler University with Michael Schelle, Craig Hetrick and Frank Felice.