DIA features Glenwood musician’s work
Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER ” Glenwood Springs musician Jonathan Mason was recently chosen to represent the state at the Colorado: See the New West Like a Local exhibit at Denver International Airport.
Mason holds the distinction of being the only artist in the medium of music, and his four pieces will be playing at the exhibit, on the pedestrian bridge to Concourse A, through January 2009.
“Mason’s work was selected because of the caliber and beauty of the sound. It captures the essence of Colorado and that soundscape gives a richer dimension to the exhibit as a whole,” said Amy Laugesen, art program coordinator for DIA, in a press release announcing the exhibit.
The juried exhibit, which will likely be seen by millions of visitors ” including delegates to the Democratic National Convention to take place in Denver in August ” highlights mixed media works and writing of the state’s diverse local residents. Coloradoans submitted more than 300 original poems and statements expressing their vision of Colorado, and more than 400 artists interpreted the best submissions by entering nearly 700 pieces. A panel representing Denver’s art and business community ultimately whittled the submissions down to 78 pieces for the exhibit. Mason’s two entries both made the cut and he was then asked to create two additional pieces to accompany the exhibit.
His four original instrumental compositions, titled “Alive,” “Sunrise,” “Plains” and “Stone, Steel, Glass.” include piano/keyboard, drums, guitar, harmonica, and an eclectic mix of percussion instruments ranging from shakers to wine glasses, all performed by the self-taught Mason. The musician used a digital 8-track machine to record and layer the different elements together.
“I love Colorado,” said Mason in the press release. “There are a lot of great places, but nowhere beats the beauty of the landscape and the diversity. The mountains especially are a part of me and despite all the growth there’s still a lot of space and natural environment here.”
The four pieces can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/coloradowest.
The 26-year-old Mason grew up in Glenwood Springs and attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. He returned to his hometown in 2006 with his wife and now works as a teacher at the Carbondale Community School. Mason has performed his music in venues ranging from Denver’s Larimer Lounge to local hot spots such as Summit Coffee in Glenwood. He also has experience writing film and commercial scores and recently wrote the music for the Valley View Hospital Foundation commercials airing currently on local stations.
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