Holy (Un)holy River

Holy (un)Holy River: Once celebrated for its purity, the Ganges River of India now carries contaminates from its glacial headwaters, where freshly fallen snow contains zinc from industrial emissions. Downriver, the river is dammed 16 times (with another 14 dams under construction) to provide hydroelectric power and flood control. Holy (un)Holy River examines the paradox of this sacred river – the intricacies of a waterway that is divine and defiled, revered and reviled – and asks the essential question: Can the Ganges survive?

The music draws upon Indian ragas and western orchestral idioms featuring Steve Gorn-Flutes, Jake Charkey-cello, and Emmanuel Vukovich-violin, and Benjy Wertheimer on tablas and Esraj.