In The Cloud Forest is a series of short film and multimedia works in collaboration with percussionist/entomologist Lisa Schonberg, and biologist Dr. Arnaud Martin at George Washington University.
During the fall of 2015 I was invited to travel to Peru with researchers from UC Berkeley, and the Centre National de la Research Scientifique in Paris, to participate as an assistant in an evolutionary biology research project. Not the standard gig for violinists, but I'm no stranger to the biosciences, having attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks where I studied biology/ecology prior to entering a music conservatory program.
My experiences working closely with scientists highlighted overlaps in complimentary as well as divergent thinking dispositions in the arts and sciences. The aim of this project is to create multi-media works that bring focus to the intelligence and importance of developing the intuitive self; how this relates to scientific inquiry or expertise in any given domain.
click here for a Soundcloud sample recording from the cloud forests of Peru, and here for Lisa's Amazonas compositions.