Landscape Music Announces “Earth Year 2020” Initiative

Landscape Music Earth Year 2020 logo
The composers of Landscape Music commemorate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary with activities taking place during the year 2020 through Earth Day 2021. This initiative is a catalyst for new works, performances, music videos, and community events showcasing new music that reflects environmental themes at the forefront of our global consciousness.

These projects highlight work by members of Landscape Music: a stylistically diverse, international collective of composers and composer-performers whose music engages with landscape, nature, and place. Learn more at

Earth Day is commemorated annually on April 22. The first Earth Day in 1970 is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event. Learn more at Earth Day Network.

Earth Year 2020 builds on Landscape Music’s 2018 collaborative initiative, Landscape Music: Rivers & Trails, which commemorated the 50th​ Anniversaries of the National Trails System and Wild & Scenic Rivers acts. That project catalyzed 12 new works of chamber music and a nationwide series of concerts engaging 35 musicians in five different regions across the U.S.

An overview of Earth Year 2020 projects is provided below. Details and additional projects will be announced throughout the year at, and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. To be notified of major announcements, including the release of free streaming music and video, please join our mailing list.

Inquiries about Landscape Music and Earth Year 2020 may be directed to Nell Shaw Cohen, Director,

Featured Projects

Dead tree branch with title "Sentinels"


Michael Futreal

Project by Michael Futreal

A series of short films with animated photography, scored with new music evoking the secret, quiet majesty of the Earth’s “sentinels”: overlooked elements of a landscape that take on an animistic, mythic character. In Michael Futreal’s Sentinels, these watchers watch us—and urge us to consider our obligations to other living beings in this world.

NEW: Watch part one of “Sentinels” now!



Painting by Sakurako KanemitsuPainting by Sakurako Kanemitsu (detail)

Reflections on Music and Nature

Ryan Suleiman

Project by Ryan Suleiman

In this online interview series, Ryan Suleiman speaks with composers, performers, and musical curators about the role of the natural world in their work and the role of artists in our troubled times.

Subscribe to Ryan’s YouTube channel for new episodes released weekly on Thursdays. Follow the Facebook page for updates.



Blueprints for Hope

A new work for concert band by Katherine Bergman in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, commissioned and premiered by a consortium of seven different ensembles. Activist victories are easily forgotten, but their stories can be looked upon as blueprints for the next wave of change and the next generation of activists.

Perusal score freely available; performance score and parts available for purchase. More information.



Wind Power

A music video highlighting sustainable energy through the beauty of wind power. New music for harp and soundscapes by Anne Vanschothorst will be paired with poetry by Danielle Danker and footage by Pjotr van Schothorst of wind turbines in Zeeland, Netherlands.

Coming soon.


Gotland, Sweden

Visby, Sweden, and the California Desert

Christina Rusnak

Project by Christina Rusnak

Two new works for chamber ensembles by Christina Rusnak, reflecting environmental values in dynamic, contrasting landscapes.

Christina’s self-directed residency in March 2020 at Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park will inform a new work drawing attention to the critical need to protect desert landscapes as the planet warms. Her forthcoming residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers (Visby, Sweden) will give rise to a work exploring connections in environmental values between Scandinavia and the Pacific Northwest of the United States.



Citywater performs Landscape Music

Sacramento’s premier new music ensemble, Citywater, performs at Visions of the Wild Film and Arts Festival presented by the U.S. Forest Service and Vallejo Community Arts Alliance.

This all-Landscape Music program will present a diversity of musical interpretations of environmental themes and cultural perspectives on nature. Full list of featured composers to be announced.

Performance in Vallejo, CA.
Postponed due to COVID-19. New concert date TBA.


Spy Pond
Site-Specific Performance at Spy Pond

Linda Chase

Project by Linda Chase

A site-specific, concert-length piece by Linda Chase at Spy Pond in Massachusetts. In a call to climate action, instrumentalists and vocalists at the pond’s shore, and in four canoes floating across the water, will create an immersive musical experience. Protestors carrying signs will be integrated into the performance, while the community will be invited to participate by creating poetry and soundmaps in response.

Performance in Arlington, MA. Date TBA.


Details and additional projects will be announced on an ongoing basis at, and on our Facebook and Twitter. To be notified of major announcements, including the release of free streaming music and video, please join our mailing list. Inquiries about Landscape Music and Earth Year 2020 may be directed to Nell Shaw Cohen, Director,