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2019 Solstice Festival

The TANK Center for Sonic Arts presents The 2019 Solstice Festival

Three Days of Music and Resonance, June 21 -23

The first day of summer and greeting the sun at its zenith for the year.  It all begins at dawn on June 21.  At solstice solar noon on Friday, we'll ring the titanium bell, the huge nose cone of an Apollo mission oxygen tank, which produces a deep, resonant roar, multiplied over and over in The TANK's powerful reverb.

On Friday at sunset, experience When the Tank Swallows the Sun, a transporting and contemplative soundbath with Joshua Hill from 7:48 to 8:48 p.m.  Joshua is a young musician, composer and violinist, whose film scores have appeared in several award-winning movies.  For this soundbath, he'll play ambient drones and electro-acoustic violin. 

Then for the Friday night concert at 8 p.m. , we present Mysteries of the Night, a fabulous and transcendental night time deep listening experience inside The TANK.  A stellar lineup of experiences TANK musicians including James Marienthal, Lois LaFond, Tom Wasinger.  Marienthal's album Alive Inside the Tank debuted last year, to much acclaim. Free admission.

The following morning we have a special version of our Open Saturday at the TANK, when anyone can sing, play or just bask in the mighty resonance, free of charge.  We'll have short musical presentations on the hour.

Then on Saturday night, June 22, our festivities culminate in a concert with an awesome drummer and percussionist, William Winant, playing marimbas, drums, gongs, superballs and an array of found percussion instruments. Winant will bring the sonic splendor of The Tank to life.  Winant has performed with some of the most innovative and creative musicians of our time, including John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Keith Jarrett, Anthony Braxton, James Tenney, Frank Zappa, Cecil Taylor, George Lewis, Steve Reich and Musicians, Yo-Yo Ma, Frederic Rzewski, Ursula Oppens, Joan LaBarbara, Annea Lockwood, Joelle Leandre, Oingo Boingo, Mr. Bungle, Sonic Youth, and the Kronos String Quartet.  He was nominated for a Grammy in 2014.  Admission to this concert is $75 for inside seating--a peak experience--and $10 for outside seating, where you can listen to the concert through our landscape speaker array under the stars.  Purchase tickets here.

On Sunday, you can explore the gorgeous high desert country around Rangely.  Take a tour of ancient Fremont rock art, visit nearby Dinosaur National Monument, or seek out the nearly mythical herds of wild mustangs in the wild lands southeast of Rangely (we recommend a four-wheel drive vehicle for this).  Or swim in nearby Kinney Reservoir on the White River.

We close the festival at sunset on Sunday with a group bell ringing.  We invite you to bring your own bell and help us raise a joyful noise in the deep reverberations of The TANK.

We hope you'll join us for this stunning, one-of-a-kind festival.  You'll come away with a new sense of deep listening and a new reverence for the planet.

Buy advance tickets to the Saturday night concert here.

Earlier Event: June 20
The Big Eat
Later Event: June 21
Vail Craft Beer Classic