2018/2019 Season

September 2018

Steve Gorn, Bansuri Flute
performed a concert of classical indian music using ragas that reflecTED the changing light in the Harrision House at sunset. during his residency steve prepared for an upcoming performance of watermill, A Jerome Robbins Noh-inspired dance piece, FOR WHICH HE IS THE MUSIC DIRECTOR, AT THE BROOKLYN Academy of Music.

Steve Gorn is a master of Indian Classical Music and new American Music having performed in concerts and festivals around the world for several decades. In 2013, he was awarded the Pandit Jasraj Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award for Cross Cultural Achievement. His gurus are the late bansuri master Sri Gour Goswami, of Kolkata and Pt. Raghunath Seth of Mumbai.


September 2018

FRED FRITH, ELECTRIC GUITAR
HEIKE LISS, LIVE VISUALS
FRED FRITH AND HEIKE LISS’ COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE DRAWING SOUND MARKED THE ARTISTS’ SECOND RESIDENCY AND PERFORMANCE AT HARRISON HOUSE, MUSIC, ARTS & ECOLOGY. FRED FRITH USED HIS TIME IN RESIDENCE TO COMPLETE WORK FOR HIS UPCOMING CONCERT AT MUSIKPROTOKOLL IN GRAZ, AUSTRIA. HEIKE LISS COMPLETED WORK FOR SEVERAL UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS.

Fred Frith, an icon in the music world, is best known as a pioneering electric guitarist and improviser, song-writer, and composer for film, dance and theater who learned to write music in rock bands, starting with Henry Cow in 1968. He appears on over 400 albums with other music luminaries. Heike Liss is an award winning artist in the fields of video, photography and site-specific installation whose works have been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries and at film festivals. She has collaborated with choreographers, poets, and composers improvising visuals.


OCTOBER 2018

WARREN BRUSH, PERMACULTURE DESIGNER, STORYTELLER AND TEACHER
GAVE AN INTRODUCTORY TALK “CARE FOR THE EARTH CARE FOR THE PEOPLE” FOLLOWED BY A 2-DAY INTRODUCTION TO PERMACULTURE COURSE AT THE HARRISON HOUSE ART & ECOLOGY SITE. MULTIGENERATIONAL PARTICIPANTS RECEIVED MORNING CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION ON CREATING REGENERATIVE ECOSYSTEMS, FOLLOWED BY AFTERNOON PRACTICUM INCLUDING MIXING A RECIPE FOR HEALTHY SOIL, BUILDING A WICKING BED, PLANTING A NATIVE TREE WITH A HYDRATING SPONGE SWALE AND CREATING A COMMUNAL WORK OF LAND ART.

Warren Brush is an internationally renowned permaculture teacher and storyteller. He is the co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture Collective and founder of True Nature Design, a permaculture education, community development and consultation organization that develops projects worldwide including in North America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe.


November 2018

ERNEST SIVA (CAHUILLA/SERRANO) MORONGO ELDER,
SHARED STORIES AND SONGS OF HIS NATIVE PEOPLE AND READ FROM WAYTA’ YAWA’ (ALWAYS BELIEVE), A BOOK DOCUMENTING THE SERRANO LANGUAGE AND CULTURE BY DOROTHY RAMON.

Ernest Siva is central to the transmission of Indian culture through his work as a musician, community leader, and university lecturer and teacher. He is President and Founder of the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, a nonprofit that saves and shares Southern California Native American cultures, languages, history, and music. Mr. Siva serves as Tribal Historian and Cultural Advisor for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and is the Artistic Director of the Pass Chorale, which performs music of the master composers.


JANUARY 2019

EVA SOLTES (DANCER), PADMAMADABOOSI (VOCALS), RUSTY GILLETTE (MRDANGAM/DRUMS), AND DOUG MACKENZIE (MRDANGAM/DRUMS), CELEBRATED T. BALASARASWATI’S CENTENNIAL, WITH A PERFORMANCE OF SOUTH INDIAN MUSIC AND DANCE. HELD ON THE GROUNDS OF HARRISON HOUSE’S ARTS & ECOLOGY SITE, THE OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE IN EVA’S KIVA, REPRESENTED A RARE GATHERING OF ARTISTS WHO STUDIED DIRECTLY WITH T. BALASARASWATI (BALA) [1918-1984] AND HER BROTHERS T. RANGANATHAN AND T. VISWANATHAN.

The Bharatanatyam dance tradition originated in Hindu temples. Bala and her family continued practicing their art for nine generations. A handful of Indian and American students learned their ancient form, which the event honored.


FEBRUARY 2019

DEBORAH O’GRADY, FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEO ARTIST, GAVE A TALK ON HER LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY PRACTICE AND SHARED VIDEO EXCERPTS OF HER BODY OF WORK CREATING MOVING IMAGES FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE. DEBORAH USED HER TIME IN RESIDENCE TO COLLECT VIDEO AND STILL IMAGES OF THE MOJAVE DESERT FOR THE UPCOMING MULTI-MEDIA OPERA BIRDS IN THE MOON COMPOSED BY MARK GREY AND DIRECTED BY ELKHANAH PULITZER.

Deborah O’Grady is a fine art photographer and video artist, a frequent collaborator with orchestras, including the Saint Louis Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the United States Navy Band, creating live video projections for symphonic performance. O’Grady’s still photography centers around the landscapes of the western Unites States. These bodies of work represent an exploration of the rural landscapes of northern California within the context of native mythology and the pioneer experiences of an early settler as described in archival letters. O’Grady traveled the Navajo Nation for the creation of the video commissioned by the Phoenix Symphony’s 60th Anniversary, and the book “Code Talker Stories”, oral histories and portraits of the World War II Navajo Marines (Albuquerque Art Museum collection).


MARCH 2019

MARK PETERSON, MASTER CRAFTSMAN / WOOD CARVER, SPENT A WEEK IN RESIDENCE MAKING A CAJÓN (BOX DRUM) FOR USE BY FUTURE HARRISON HOUSE RESIDENTS. THE CAJÓN, A BOX SHAPED INSTRUMENT ORIGINALLY FROM PERU, IS PLAYED BY SLAPPING THE FRONT OR REAR FACES OF THE INSTRUMENT.

Mark used old-growth redwood from his private collection, and carved then gilded patterns into the cajón using tools passed onto him by a German Master Wood Carver.


MARCH 2019

ERIC BYERS, SOLO CELLO, PERFORMED A CONCERT OF ACOUSTIC WORKS BY BRITTEN, COLOMBI, SAARIAHO AND SALONEN FOLLOWED BY WORKS FOR CELLO WITH ELECTRONICS, INCLUDING A WORLD PREMIERE BY CEIRI TORJUSSEN AND BYERS’ OWN COMPOSITIONS.

First inspired to compose during his artist residency at Harrison House in 2012, Byers’ works have since been performed at Kennedy Center, SummerStage in New York, and Hear Now Festival in Los Angeles. Sybarite5’s album ‘Outliers’ featuring two of Byers’ pieces, debuted at #1 on the classical billboard charts. As a founding member of the Calder Quartet, Byers has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall, Disney Hall and major international venues and festivals. Chamber music collaborators have included Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, and Claude Frank. Byers has conducted masterclasses at The Juilliard School, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, UCLA, and USC.


APRIL 2019

WARREN BRUSH, PERMACULTURE DESIGNER, STORYTELLER AND TEACHER LED A 2-WEEK PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATION COURSE. THE PDC, FOCUSED ON DRYLANDS PERMACULTURE, WAS THE FIRST TO BE HELD IN JOSHUA TREE. STUDENTS RECEIVED CLASSROOM AND PRACTICUM INSTRUCTION ON THE DESIGN PROCESS & METHODOLOGY OF PERMACULTURE, LIVING SOILS, WATERSHED RESTORATION, SOCIAL PERMACULTURE, DESERT LANDSCAPES, RAINWATER HARVESTING, GREYWATER SYSTEMS, KITCHEN GARDENS AND EARTHWORKS. STUDENTS SUBMITTED THEIR FINAL DESIGN PROJECTS AND CELEBRATED WITH A CLOSING CIRCLE AND COMMUNITY MEAL.

Warren Brush is an internationally renowned permaculture teacher and storyteller. He is the co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture Collective and founder of True Nature Design, a permaculture education, community development and consultation organization that develops projects worldwide including in North America, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Additional instructors for the course included local experts Tim DeLorey, Jill Giegerich, Nicholas Holmes, Brenton Kelly, Robin Kobaly and Damian Lester.


MAY 2019

GUMBO & JAM: BIG BLACK (SINGER-SONGWRITER/DRUMMER) PERFORMED WITH SHELLEY YOELIN (TENOR SAXOPHONE), DOUG MACDONALD (GUITAR), BILL CASALE (BASS) AND TIM PLEASANT (DRUMS) IN A MUSICAL JAM PERFORMANCE OF JAZZ STANDARDS AND ORIGINAL SONGS. THE EVENING WAS A MUSICAL MEETING OF ACCOMPLISHED MUSICIANS WHO PERFORM ALL OVER THE WORLD. SOUTHERN-STYLE GUMBO BY MASTER CHEF BIG BLACK WAS SERVED IN BETWEEN MUSICAL SETS, COMPLETING THE MAGICAL EVENING UNDER THE JOSHUA TREE STARS.

Most widely known as a master of world percussion and the first to integrate the African drum into modern calypso and jazz music, Big Black has performed with icons Lord Flea, Billy Cook, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie and many others.