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The TANK Center for Sonic Arts is returning to a normal schedule of concerts and visits for its 2021 season, starting May 1.  Festivities and regular programs include the Fifth Annual Solstice Festival, June 19 and 20; The Tank and the West, a film and music event with Grammy-winning guitarist Bill Frisell and filmmaker Bill Morrison, August 28; the resumption of off-site concerts around Rangely by visiting artists; and free Open Saturday hours, from 9am to 1pm.

2021 Solstice Festival
Todd Barton
Slow Beethoven

Saturday, June 19, 8pm:  Live concert with electronic music legend Todd Barton.  Todd is a composer, sound designer, multimedia performer, and analog synthesist, specializing in Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments, the iconic synthesizers that have defined experimental music since the early ‘70s.  He is also Resident Composer Emeritus for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Todd’s concert will occur in conjunction with the Tank’s regular festivities around the longest day of the year, including a dawn celebration, bell ringing and other events.

Sunday, June 20, All Day: The Festival will conclude with Slow Beethoven, a walk-through presentation of a slowed down and electronically-stretched movement from a late Beethoven string quartet.  Slowing it down will allow each of those lush, Ludwiggy chords to ring out and fade in the Tank, where sounds may sustain for up to 40 seconds.

Played by Jeffrey Zeigler, Lara St. John and two other players at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York, then sent to the Tank by remote signal, this concert will be a prominent experiment in a year of Beethoven festivities for his 250th birthday.  Seating will be outdoors only for all Solstice Events.  Purchase tickets for the festival here.

The 2021 Solstice Festival will also feature our usual dawn celebrations, bell-ringing ceremonies and guest artist concerts.

The Tank and the West
Bill Frisell and Bill Morrison

On August 28, at 8pm the Tank will present its much-anticipated and delayed event with the guitarist/composer Bill Frisell and the filmmaker Bill Morrison, with digitally-mapped projections on the Tank and the landscape by Future Lighting of Los Angeles.  The event will celebrate the town of Rangely and the region and depict the Tank itself as an emblem of the American West.  Purchase tickets for this event here.

Other Activities

Last year, while the Tank’s activities were disrupted by the pandemic, the organization put an emphasis on bringing the sonic experience of the Tank to audiences online. We’ll continue this in 2021. 

Put Your Head in the Tank

Put Your Head in the Tank is a new program, using binaural head microphones and a 360-degree video camera, that allows a listener anywhere to be immersed in the Tank, through a Facebook link. 

The Tank Masters Series

The Tank Masters Series, concerts by artists who have proven most skilled at playing the instrument that is the seven-story water tank, will present new music via the Tank’s website, tanksounds.org. 

Tank Mind

And new installments of the sonic meditation program called Tank Mind, designed to calm and ease the listener, will again be broadcast, also via the web.

Book the Tank

The Tank’s program of recording sessions will also return, as will the regular booking of non-recording visits. For more on reserving the Tank for your session or group, click here.