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“People have a misconception that glaciers are silent expanses, landscapes frozen in time. But on the contrary, they are a species of incredibly noisy animals, and they’re facing extinction.”

Matthew Burtner, composer

Experience the sound of an Alaskan glacier in Transient Landscapes, an extraordinary, fully immersive live performance installation created by composer Matthew Burtner and percussionist Matthew Duvall. Featuring percussion, keyboards, voice, and field recordings of Alaska’s Matanuska Glacier, Transient Landscapes explores a performative means of remapping climate change into sound. In Burtner’s own words, “this work confronts the transience of interconnected and human-altered landscapes… in which glacial melt becomes flood water on the other side of the world.” Join us for this monumental, once-in-a-lifetime sonic experience!

Transient Landscapes will be performed outdoors. Limited seating available. Audience members are invited to stand/walk throughout or are welcome to bring towels or picnic blankets to sit.

Presented in partnership with St. John’s College, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Coalition of Sustainable Communities New Mexico, Santa Fe Watershed Association, and the Sierra Club.

This production is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

New Mexico debut performance

Creative Connections

September 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm


505 984 8759

1160 Camino De Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
(505) 98(505) 984-60004-8759
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About the Artists

Matthew Burtner

Matthew Burtner is an IDEA and EMMY Award-winning composer, sound […]

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Matthew Duvall

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