Walker Art Center

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American Power, a world premiere by Mitch Epstein and Erik Friedlander



Acclaimed contemporary cellist/composer Erik Friedlander collaborates with American photographer Mitch Epstein on a musical, visual, and oral exploration of what Epstein terms “our cultural relationship to energy.”

Drawn from Epstein’s series of photographs taken on his 5-year, 25-state investigation of US energy production and consumption, American Power combines new compositions for solo cello with evocative large-scale projected images. Elegant yet spare, this richly visual and acoustically superb work serves as metaphorical investigation into the notion of power itself and the overlap of electrical, corporate, civic, religious, environmental, governmental, and even artistic power.