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Special Thanks to:
• Grand Canyon Music Festival
• National Park Service
• Grand Canyon National Park Centennial
• Grand Canyon Conservancy
• American Composers Forum’s Continental Harmony Project
• National Endowment for the Arts
And Thank You to:
• Matthew Putesoy & the Havasupai
Guardians of the Grand Canyon (dancers and singers)
• Brent Michael Davids (quartz flute)
• Clare Hoffman (metal flute)
• Vince Redhouse (wood flute)
• Brian Sanders (clay flute)
• Bryan Stone (percussion)
• Owen Davis (percussion)
• Ann Millikan (video)
GUARDIANS OF THE GRAND CANYON is an actual Havasupai Ram Dance composed into a modern piece of chamber music. The title is taken from the name of a group of Havasupai dancers whose art and life are incorporated within the piece. The Havasupai have lived for hundreds of years on the rim or floor of the Grand Canyon. Unlike Ferde Grofe's familiar "Grand Canyon Suite" whose descriptive agenda is limited to the canyon's physical attributes, Davids' GUARDIANS OF THE GRAND CANYON offers an alternative perspective. Davids' view of this natural wonder focuses on the indigenous people who have lived there for centuries. Characteristic of his approach, a rare ceremonial Havasupai Ram Dance is actually composed into the concert work. Additionally is also designed to create an illusion of hearing the music from within the vast spaces of the Grand Canyon.
The work was commissioned by the American Composers Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts as part of a nationwide project called "Continental Harmony," was premiered at Grand Canyon Music Festival on the south rim of the Grand Canyon (2000), was reprised for the 100th anniversary of the National Park (2019), and was featured on the "Continental Harmony" PBS-TV program (2001).
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