Alan Michelson's SHATTEMUC original soundtrack by Laura Ortman

by Laura Ortman

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  • Shattemuc, 2009 by artist ALAN MICHELSON (Mohawk)
    HD video, 31 minutes
    Stereo sound track with original music by LAURA ORTMAN (White Mountain Apache) on electric guitar

    A video shot at night from a boat on the Hudson River depicting, in the projected beam of the marine searchlight, passage upriver from Hook Mountain to Haverstraw Bay. It retraces part of Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage in which his crew had a bloody encounter with the local natives. The searchlight projection references Hudson River Night Line boats which shone spotlights onto shoreline monuments for touring passengers. Embedded also are allusions to Hudson River School painting. The work temporally encapsulates, in its passage from wooden shoreline to modern marina—via industrial quarry, luxury housing, village, and power plant—problematic and enduring aspects of local as well as national history.

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released August 4, 2010



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Laura Ortman Brooklyn, New York

NYC's Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) received the FIRST NATIONS COMPOSERS INITIATIVE Award Grant for founding The Coast Orchestra, the all-Native American orchestra in 2008. She was a member of the THE DUST DIVE and STARS LIKE FLEAS, has written & recorded two solo albums (recorded by Martin Bisi) She was selected for the 2014-15 Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Florida. New album in 2015! ... more

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