What We Are Doing to Ourselves - Kate Amrine

from This is My Letter to the World by Kate Amrine

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What We Are Doing to Ourselves is a piece about our effect on the environment as reflected in the words of prominent LGBT rights lawyer David S Buckel. Buckel tragically set himself on fire in Prospect Park in Spring 2018 and sent the media his suicide note - which became the text for this piece. He was active in many transformative LGBT rights cases, one of which inspired the movie Boys Don’t Cry, as well as advocating for composting in his Brooklyn Community.

The piece juxtaposes textural improvisations with haunting melodies reflected across the alto flute, trumpet, viola and cello. The middle of the piece quotes Queen’s “I want to break free” which seems very fitting for its lyrics and message in a world where we are continuously destroying our planet while knowing and uncovering evidence of the consequences.

The electronics track is a recording of the 2018 Maple Fire. While this fire is believed to be caused by humans, the higher temperatures associated with climate change in Washington State increase the likelihood and strength of future wildfires. The text written by Buckel was arranged here to simulate an eerie Hildegard-like chorale that seems pleasant on the outside but is actually deeply disheartening. My hope is that upon listening you will examine your actions to reconsider their impact on the environment and the world around you. – Kate


from This is My Letter to the World, released January 24, 2020


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Kate Amrine New York, New York

Kate Amrine is a passionate trumpet player balancing a career developing new repertoire and freelancing with many different groups in the New York City area. She recently released her debut album “As I Am” featuring new music for trumpet by women composers. Kate also frequently performs on Broadway and in other regional musical theater productions both in and outside of the NYC area. ... more

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