The American Heritage series is a themed recording project from The Sunrise Review which is fiscally sponsored by Artspire a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Cultural and environmental conservation efforts throughout the US will be used as musical inspirations and recording studios. For starters, locations will be selected from the UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes such American icons as the Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone, the Everglades, and Redwoods. Renewable energy will be used to facilitate the recordings as well as feature points of interest along with local artists and organizations across the US.
The project got under way in late February 2012 at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in conjunction with the next release from the Pacific series. The glowing Kiluaea inspired harmonica and a soaring Mauna Kea sunrise inspired doumbek, laying the foundation for melodies and rhythms of a new folk fusion composition.
The next stop in the writing process saw Olympic National Park and Puget Sound inspire Guitar and Tabla. 2 weeks at the end of August 2012 were spent working on parts, furthering the blend of east and west that The Sunrise Review cultivates.
September brought a change in scenery from the Rainforest of the Pacific Northwest to the Granite walls of Yosemite National Park. By supporting the stewardship of the park during a week long cleanup known as Facelift, The Sunrise Review continued it's commitment to the core value of conservation. Performances ranged from public events on the lawn of the elementary school and dinner music to private serenades for climbers near historic Camp 4. Inspiration abounds in Yosemite and this trip was no exception. Find out more on the American Heritage Blog.
Finally, closing 2012 in the Shenandoah Valley will set the stage for trips to locations on the East Coast, including Independence Hall, the Statue of Liberty and the Great Smoky Mountains. Join the Sunrise Review Newsletter to receive updates as they happen! Support this project with a tax-deductible donation to Artspire a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts.