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Ian Winters (Oakland) collaborating with Wholly H20 (Oakland) and Earth Island Institute (fiscal sponsor)

Amount awarded: $40,000 Performing Arts grant awarded in 2016

To premiere: Summer 2018

Artist Ian Winters and the 12-member Lightbulb Ensemble are collaborating with Wholly H20, an Oakland-based organization dedicated to sustainable, localized water management in California, to create Watershed Moments (working title). Over decades of experience — including his previous career as Northern California Land Trust’s executive director — Ian Winters has challenged the boundaries of perception, environment, movement, and time-based media. In this project, he and his collaborators are creating a suite of new works that integrate live media, new music composition, and scientific data. During project development, teens and young adults will become data-gathering citizen scientists, whose findings are featured in the finished piece.

 Watershed Moments will explore water’s complex qualities and characteristics from physical, aesthetic, ecological, and social perspectives. Performance venues in the San Francisco Bay Area will range from an ecology education center in East Palo Alto to a 500-foot maritime training vessel in Vallejo. The finished work will feature Winters’ live media that teens helped guide and gathered data for; new music by three composers from the Lightbulb Ensemble; and an ensemble of 12 composer-percussionists, playing on newly constructed and tuned instruments.