July 8 - September 2 2006
Opening Party: July 8, 6-9 p.m.
In like manner, modern musical instruments are frequently constructed and designed with visual beauty in mind. Musical Mud will also exhibit present-day instruments created by such contemporary ceramicists as Brian Ransom, Susan Rawcliffe, Steve Smeed, and Frank Giorgini. The opening party for Musical Mud will be held on July 8th from 6-9 p.m. and will feature a musical rendition by former Claremont resident Brian Ransom, who currently teaches ceramics at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Norma Tanega of Claremont. On July 15th, Xavier Quijas Yxayotl will perform along with dancers, paying musical homage to his Maya ancestry. He will play flutes and whistles, some with as many as fourteen chambers. Adding drama to his performance, Yxayotl ignites the end of his flute, causing flames to leap into the air while he makes his music. On July 29, from noon to 4 p.m., AMOCA will offer a whistle-making workshop for children and families. Lastly, a membership appreciation event, to be held on August 15th at 5 p.m., will feature Susan Rawcliffe, master flute maker, player, and researcher of primeval sound, who will give a lecture/demonstration on wind instruments made from clay. From Mud to Music, a recently-published book and CD that features clay musical instruments from ancient to modern times from cultures around the world, will be used as a guide for establishing our curriculum. The author, Barry Hall, is the founder of Burnt Earth Ceramic Musical Instruments.