Star Spangled Cowboy
About the Piece
"Star Spangled Cowboy" explores a satirical take on the traditional Hollywood "western" piece of music. Based on Atwood's poem "Backdrop Addresses Cowboy", this piece critiques the American consumerism mindset that often leads to destructive pollution. The piece makes use of performance art theatrical elements to highlight today's toxic blind patriotism (or some would argue nationalism) with a quotation of the "Star Spangled Banner". The quotation is incomplete representing that unless the corrupt and poorly managed environmental practices change, the American flag will no longer be "still there"
Commissioned for the 2019 "Atlantic Music Festival" in Waterville, Maine.