WATER WORKS

 

(10:00) Water Pipes, Water Bowls, Gourd Water Drums, Wooden Water Drum, Water Bird Whistles, Water Basin Echo Chambers, Water Fondue Pot, Crystal Soprano Flute, crystal bass flute and electric guitar. Copyright Fee: Score. Music Copyright 1995, Brent Michael Davids.

 

WATER WORKS is work for mostly water instruments, that is, instruments that utilize water in the production of musical sounds. By using water instruments, in four small movements, four different time periods are explored within "Water Works." Part 1 portrays the first creation of the canals by the Hohokam prior to colonialization (300 A.D.). Part 2 portrays the 1867 formation of the Swilling Irrigation and Canal Company which irrigated crops for miners. Part 3 portrays the 1903 formation of the Salt River Valley Water Users Association and the 1911 development of the current Salt River Project. Part 4 portrays a recognition of the canals "as the life blood" of the Valley of the Sun for future generations.

 

"Water Works" was commissioned by the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and premiered at the SCA "Canal Project" as a ceremonial dedication to the people of Phoenix Metropolitan area reliant on the canal system first developed by the Hohokam people.