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Tone Madison highlights ‘Bury the Hatchet’ project from UW–Madison's Hitchcock

December 20, 2019

The work of UW-Madison’s John Hitchcock was featured in Tone Madison’s look back at top musical offerings during 2019.

The Tone Madison report explains: “Artist John Hitchcock's ‘Bury The Hatchet’ project (currently on display at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's Wisconsin Triennial, complete with a vinyl listening station), combines printmaking, oral history, and music to explore the clash of Indigenous people and white conquest in the Wichita Mountains of Oklahoma. (Hitchcock himself is of Comanche, Kiowa, and European descent, and has family ties to that area.) Playing electric, lap steel, and pedal steel guitars, Hitchcock both evokes and challenges our romantic notions about the Great Plains with expansive, arid compositions.”

Bury the HatchetThe report from Scott Gordon adds: “Layered throughout are additional strings, wind instruments, percussion, and keyboard from a large cast of Madison musicians, and audio recordings of Comanche and Kiowa songs, prayers, and interviews. One high point, ‘Jimmy Creek (A Comanche Story),’ weaves together Hannah Edlén's clarinet with multiple tracks of guitar to accompany a reel-to-reel recording of Hitchcock’s grandfather, Saukwaukee John Dussome Reid. This album is one component of a larger project, but it's immersive all on its own, placing the listener in a space that's at once dreamlike and solidly connected to real places and events.”

Hitchcock, is a professor with the Art Department and is the School of Education's associate dean for the arts.

Check out the entire report via this Tone Madison web page.

This write-up was a follow-up to Tone Madison’s top 20 Madison records 0f 2019 list.

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