In March 2015, the Rural Noise Ensemble was invited to take part in The Montpelier Project, a month-long series of performances and public art events curated by Heather Bryce in Montpelier, Vermont.
The workshop had three components:
- a short performative lecture discussing the friction between a pastoral rural imaginary and the contemporary lived realities of the rural and introducing noise aesthetics as a tool for articulating this friction;
- hands-on instrument building, where participants made their own bowed nail fiddles and garden hose horns;
- a collaborative composition, using a graphic score and a facilitated group process to compose a piece for this unique instrumentation