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Graminy - "Respiration: The Breath of Life and the Life of Breath” concert

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McCluskey Brothers Organic Farms

S8767 Highway G

Hill Point, WI 53937

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Graminy to Premiere New Composition about Breath and Life 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
Wisconsin.

“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.”

Respiration is also based on the findings of scientists about our changing climate. One of its
main musical themes renders the famous graph of increasing atmospheric CO 2 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 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 PM.

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McCluskey Brothers Organic Farms

S8767 Highway G

Hill Point, WI 53937

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