Performed with sampled archives, field recordings and live musicians, Shawnee, Ohio critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history to ask: What are the sounds of mining? Of fracking? Of a town fighting to survive after a century of economic decline and environmental degradation? These sounds are recorded as compositional material reflecting layers of history and memory in Appalachian Ohio. Shawnee’s history includes coal, gas 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.
May, 2016: Duke Performances and the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati) have joined the Wexner Center for the Arts as co-commissioners of “Shawnee, Ohio.”
Oct 27 – Oct 28, 2016
Brian Harnetty Performs "Shawnee Ohio" at the Wexner Center