Music Across The States

Music is everywhere in our world - every culture around the planet has some form of organized sound that serves a variety of purposes.  The cultural diversity of the United States has led to a rich diversity of musical cultures, possibly the most diverse collection in any country.  During my travels on the bus, I hope to explore our country’s musical landscape – what pieces are unique to each culture, and what, if anything, ties them together.  Then, I hope to be able to translate some of these elements into compositions of my own that will reflect each state we travel to.  While I can’t hope to be able to learn everything about all the musical cultures we encounter, or to be able to accurately compose in every one, I hope I can get a thorough enough sense that people from those cultures can recognize the influence their music has had on me.