EcoSono

Environmental Sound Art for a Sustainable Future

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Founded and Directed by Matthew Burtner since 2009, EcoSono is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation dedicated to promoting Ecoacoustic music, a genre of environmental science-based sound art pioneered by Burtner since the 1990s. EcoSono Ensemble performs concerts for environmental-themed events, music festivals and scientific gatherings. The EcoSono Institute trains composers and musicians in the practice of composing and performing this kind of music. 

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“As for Burtner’s music, if you think of what the term “eco-music” might sound like, this was it. There were amplified bowls of water — a la John Cage or Tan Dun — dripping and roiling under musicians’ hands; dried stalks of plants brushing and rattling at each other in hoarse whispery tones; birds’ feathers burr-burring when held against a fan; all interspersed with sharp thwacks of percussion and gently caressing flute lines and Edwards-Burrs’s lulling, semi-improvised singsong that, at some junctures, worked in words culled from audience comments on the app.

Anne Midget, Washington Post

Robb Walters