Graminy to Premiere New Composition about our Living Breathing World Oct 13


What we breathe in another breathed out, and what we breathe out another will breathe in.
As part of this year’s Fermentation Fest, Wisconsin’s award-winning “class-grass” band,
Graminy, will premiere an original composition portraying this fundamental exchange of life.
This will be a ticketed event along the Farm/Art DTour on Saturday, October 13 in Hillpoint

“We call the piece ‘Respiration: The Breath of Life and the Life of Breath,” says Graminy’s
mandolinist, Mike Bell. “We wanted to write a piece that reflects on the consequences we all
have for one another, human and non-human alike, and that portrays our living, breathing
world, from the respiration of soil and plants to our own personal respiration.”
Respiration is also based on the findings of scientists about changes in how the world is
respiring: the increasing CO2 in our atmosphere. Respiration renders in music the
measurements of atmospheric CO2 recorded daily on top of Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii.

“Before we wrote the music, we met with scientists at UW-Madison,” says Graminy’s fiddler,
Chris Wagoner. “We were looking at that CO 2 graph from Mauna Loa, and how it goes up and up, which I knew about. But it also has an annual oscillation. There’s this sine wave wiggle in the graph that reflects all the plant growth in the northern hemisphere summer. I didn’t know about that.”

The northern hemisphere has more land mass, and thus more plants. When they grow in
summer, CO 2 drops. When they die and decay in winter, atmospheric CO 2 goes back up, but
always a bit higher than the previous year, mainly because of fossil fuel burning. Scientists call it the Keeling Curve after Charles Keeling, the scientist who first identified it.

“I’m looking at that sine wave and Gregg Sanford, an agroecologist at Madison, says to us
‘that’s the world breathing,’” Wagoner recalls.
“That’s when we knew we had a piece,” Bell says.

This short concert will be performed three times with an introduction by Jonathan Patz,
Director of the Global Health Institute. It will take place at McCluskey Brothers Farm Store,
S7867 Cty. Hwy. G Hillpoint WI. 53937 stop #13 on the DTour map across from The Great Pyramid of Farming 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 PM.

Tickets available online or $7 at the door.