Call for Musicians
Ruffner Mountain is seeking four (4) music acts to premiere original selections at this year’s Night Festival: a Nocturnal Celebration of the Natural World.
We believe that the arts can be a powerful and compelling way to connect individuals to an ecological concept, so we invite musicians of all backgrounds and genres to create music that illustrates those elusive and impactful natural processes that we don’t see during the day.
About Night Festival
Night Festival is an annual celebration of the nocturnal wildlife of Alabama through close collaborations between local artists, musicians, and ecologists. Our inaugural Night Festival last year included pieces submitted by 10+ local artists, three music performances, wildlife talks, guided night hikes, mothing stations, EcoArts activities for kids, and a special menu of nocturnally-pollinated food provided by Revelator Coffee. We estimate that over 300 individuals attended the event throughout the night.
Music components from last year include classical and ambient pieces written and performed by Rachael Jamison, Nancy Lewis, Daniel Long, Anna Thomas (Dès Vu), and Jasper Lee. Long and Boutwell Studios also contributed to a collection of field recordings that were played in the art space throughout the evening.
Night Festival is a registered National Moth Week event.
Musicians will be selected by Ruffner’s Programs Department based upon availability, openness to collaboration, and their commitment to making music that is ecologically themed. Musicians will be grouped with a local ecologist and visual artists to create pieces that are reflective of four (4) different Alabama habitats at night. All music performances will take place at Ruffner’s Night Festival on July 21st, 2018, among the art pieces displayed in our Nature Center.
Performances must be:
Reflective of a native nocturnal animal, insect, or natural event
Able to be delivered in an approximately 8'x8' space
Under 15 minutes in length; may be more than one selection as long as total performance time is under 15 minutes
Finalized by Saturday, July 7th, 2018
Participants must be:
Available to perform at Ruffner’s Night Festival on July 21st, 2018
Able to cover all equipment needs, including mixers, amplification, cables, and microphones
Able to finalize performances, including completed selections, required equipment, and personnel, by the July 7th, 2018 deadline
The deadline for application is Saturday, February 17th. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.