In the fall of 2009, composer Eve Beglarian embarked on a four-month-long journey down the entire Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle, immersing herself in local histories and the writings of those who had made similar journeys, including Mark Twain and Jonathan Raban. During her trip through the heart of the country, Eve kept a sonic journal about the people and places she encountered. These journal entries have evolved over the past several years into the River Project: a collection of original compositions, adventurous arrangements of river-related songs, images, videos, and spoken-word readings.
Performances of The River Project are comprised of Eve Beglarian’s ensemble BRIM (Eve Beglarian, Mary Rowell of Ethel, Taylor Levine of Dither) and The Guidonian Hand trombone quartet. A musical snapshot of contemporary Americana, selections from the River Project have been performed at The Avant Music Festival, Bang On A Can Marathon, Tribeca New Music Festival, Studio 360, and more. Ariel Artists is excited to announce the availability of this special touring project for the 2013/2014 season and beyond.
“Ms. Beglarian kayaked and bicycled the length of the Mississippi River [and] has translated her findings into music of sophisticated rusticity… [Her] earnest new Americana song cycle captures those swift currents as vividly as Mark Twain did. The works waft gracefully on her handsome folk croon and varied folk instrumentation as mysterious as their inspiration.”
– The New York Times