Stephen Wood

Stephen Wood
Based in Atlanta, GA
Website: stephenwoodmusic.com

“A holistic view of Earth’s ecosystem is expressed through a musical relationship with environment.”

Biography

Stephen Wood is a composer, performer, and naturalist with a holistic view of the world. As an Environmental Composer Stephen lives in many musical worlds centralized in Jazz, Classical, and Afro-Cuban. Stephen’s visionary pursuits fusing Wilderness, Art, and Environmental Education are receiving national attention through his work with the USFS, the NWR, the Wilderness Society, the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Education Center, and many community-based nature preserves.

Traveling the United States in search of inspiration in our Country’s most wild places Stephen has served as Composer-in-Residence for the Okefenokee N.W.R., the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, and participated in Denali N.P.’s monumental Composing in the Wilderness Field Seminar.

Throughout 2014 Stephen honored the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act producing The Wilderness Act Performance Series in Atlanta, GA. The Wilderness Act Performance Series reached new heights for Preservation Awareness in Atlanta’s urban environment.

Stephen received his B.A. in Composition from The Ohio State University and his M.M. in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.

Audio Samples

Drosera: the morning dew of sun (2014). Performed by Clarinets for Conservation at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA for the Wilderness Act Performance Series, 2014.

“Amidst the grasses of the floating islands dotting the coffee stained swamp water the elusive Sundew, Drosera spatulata, lives with joy and harmony. Reaching past the roots of the grasses towering above Drosera extends her paws waiting for passing prey. A prey filled with nutrients unavailable in the flooded peat soil.

Hiding in the dark water the Sundew makes her way unnoticed.
Content, joyful, meek, dancing. A single voice floating, waiting to be noticed.

“Drosera: the morning dew of the sun” is the result the first ever Artist Residency Program at the Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge. The Residency was created in honor of the 50th Anniversary Year specifically for the Wilderness Act Performance Series. As Composer-in-Residence I spent 6 days exploring the Okefenokee Wilderness Area. The exceptional itinerary included 3 days and two nights on the canoe trails in backcountry swamp platforms, kayaking the westside cypress forest, night hikes among the orchestra of frogs, and historical tours of the swamp settlements.”

Untrammeled: a point of view, from Slaven’s bluff, overlooking the Yukon (2014). Premiered by Concert Black at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival for the Composing in the Wilderness Field Seminar, 2014.

“At that moment, at that place,
the Yukon was untrammeled

The water flowed

Steady
Peaceful
Wondering
Moving past

The history of extraction has ceased

For this place, this moment
Preservation happens
The river flows with optimism
as it once did.”

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