Musicworks turns 40 this year. It’s been quite a journey from the DIY newsprint tabloid published in 1978 to Musicworks 130. The artist in this issue are all in the midst of their own fascinating creative journeys. Dive into the phantasmagorical music of Montreal guitarist, oud player, and composer Sam Shalabi, who has been active in many musical worlds since the 1980s; and the intense, subversive sonic environments of Sarah Hennies—one of North America’s preeminent experimental composers and percussionists. Join sound artist and writer Andra McCartney as she explores Kentucky’s Bernheim Research Forest as part of the SONICBernheim series. Check out the moves Vanese Smith took to create her musical outlet, Pursuit Grooves. Discover how Kelly Ruth transforms the weaving loom into a highly expressive instrument; and how Jeremy Dutcher explored the music of his people, the Maliseet, to create a new soundworld in Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. Also inside: Meet the winners of our 2017 Electronic Music Composition and Sonic Geography Writing contests.
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