Stewart Engart is an experienced Wilderness Composer new to the Atlanta scene. Stewart has ventured to Alaska for Denali N.P.’s “Composing in the Wilderness” field seminar and his latest composition for jazz quartet and electronics, For those Who Follow, is in honor of the Wilderness Act of 1964.
“The Wilderness Act Performance Series allows for artists to take their craft to new heights by exploring deeper motifs connected to universal truths between humans, animals, art, and Wilderness. In modern society, where life is contained in an urban environment, it is more important than ever for the public to go out into the wild. Experiences in Wilderness lead to a deeper understanding of interdependency and belonging on Earth.
Through music and art, I seek to portray a Wilderness perception of awe and peace.”
Stewart Engart is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a B.M. with a focus on Music Composition and a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on political thought and philosophy. Engart’s musical background spans Renaissance organ through electronic processed music with his musical influences providing ever fascinating aesthetics.
For Those Who Follow: This piece for jazz quartet (piano, bass, drums, and tenor saxophone) and electronics was written for the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964.
“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson, at the singing of the Wilderness Act of 1946
It is from this quote that the title and subject matter stems. The musical material is meant to represent the world in it’s infancy, 1960’s American jazz as a starting point for the representation of hectic constrained urban life, and a glimpse of the synthetic rendering of what the Earth would sound like for those who follow. There is also a struggle between the dichotomy of written music and improvised music as a representation of the struggle between life and human impacted life.
Le Vin De Solitaire: A commissioned song by bass-baritone Evan Adair, this song sets the poem by the French poet Charles Baudelaire of the same name. In this song the singer wrestles with depression and the agony of life by consoling himself with a bottle of wine.