Duets for Flute and Nature
Midwestern Sky is an album funded through a grant awarded by the Ohio Arts Council that pairs the inspiring beauty of the solo flute with the calming and grounding sounds of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Perfect for meditation, yoga, study, work, or any other activity that would benefit from a clear, relaxed, and motivated mind.
This album helps bats recover from the White Nose Syndrome epidemic by donating all proceeds to the National Parks Services' WNS Programs.
Midwestern Sky: Duets for Flute and Nature is a 7-track audio album that combines the inspiring beauty of the solo flute with the calming and grounding sounds of the Midwestern wilderness, but it is also a stand against two epidemics: Diseases of Despair and White Nose Syndrome. Flute soloist and composer Eva Skanse composed and recorded seven pieces inspired by the audio samples collected on an expedition to the Boundary Waters. The studio-recorded flute compositions were layered over the nature samples to produce a unique album in celebration of the beauty of the Midwest. The album is currently being distributed across major digital platforms such as Amazon Music, YouTube, Spotify, Bandcamp, CD Baby and more with the aim to provide beautiful music that inspires and motivates all and improves everyday life. In addition, all proceeds from digital downloads and ads pertaining to Midwestern Sky will be donated to the National Park Service’s White Nose Syndrome programs to help Northern Long-Eared, Little Brown, and Tri-Colored bats fight extinction.
What kind of “guest artists” can we expect to hear?
The haunting call of the loon on a black, still night, the steady churping of frogs by the pondside in twilight, the slosh of a lake wave against a canoe side, the cry of the goose and duck, the whisperings of the east wind through the great northern pines, and the singing voice of the river, to name a few!
How Can I Listen to the Album?
The album will be available for free across all the usual platforms such as Spotify and Youtube, but donations will be accepted. 100% of all proceeds will go towards the National Park Service’s White Nose Syndrome Programs. White Nose Syndrome (WNS) is an invasive species of fungus that has decimated America’s bat population. Acquiring its name from the white fungus that grows over the bats’ noses, the bats are unable to hibernate during winter and they starve to death. WNS has thus far killed over 90% of three of North America’s bat species: the Northern Long-Eared, Little Brown, and Tri-Colored.
Help little browns like this have a better future, and enjoy beautiful music too!
Midwestern Sky is made possible in part by an investment of public funds from the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.