About Edward Reichel

Edward Reichel, author, writer and composer, has been covering the classical music scene in Utah since 1997. For many years he served as the primary music critic for the Deseret News. He has also written for a number of publications, including Chamber Music Magazine, OPERA Magazine, 15 Bytes, Park City Magazine and Salt Lake Magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He can be reached at ed.reichel@gmail.com. Reichel Recommends is also on Twitter @ReichelArts.

ARTS AND HUMANITIES MEAN BUSINESS

Utah Cultural Alliance has just released its latest State of UT Culture Report and Cultural Asset Map.

The Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA) – the statewide ambassador for the arts, humanities and cultural sector of Utah – has collected data from the past year that measures the economic impact of cultural businesses within Utah. This data is compiled into their second annual State of Utah Cultural Report. Cultural businesses analyzed in the report include nonprofit organizations as well as for-profit businesses such as galleries, graphic design firms, interior designers, filmmakers, photography studios, along with individual artists, many of whom are independent contractors.

In 2017 cultural businesses boosted Utah’s economy. The following are the Top 10 Facts proving so:

  1. Cultural businesses employed 79,328 Utahns
  2. Cultural businesses generated 3.5 billion dollars in earnings
  3. Cultural businesses are 3.9% of UT’s total employment and grew by 4.01%, making Utah one of the fastest growing states for cultural jobs
  4. Three education programs (BTSALP, POPS & iSEE) served 1,575,189 kids
  5. Income from historic rehabilitation projects using state tax credits: $32,303,365
  6. Businesses love culture: A recent survey conducted by SLC’s Office of Economic Development found that a robust arts & cultural environment is the #1 most important factor that businesses consider when choosing to move to or expand in SLC
  7. A recent survey released by the University of Utah found that when ranking qualities they look for in employees: creativity ranked at #1 by business managers
  8. Three UT communities did a deeper dive into data. Iron County’s cultural businesses generated $76,128,287 and employed 1,955 people; Iron County had a higher than typical in direct spending by patrons due to the majority of their patrons being visitors
  9. SLC cultural businesses generated $306,562,917 and employed 10,479 Utahns
  10. Logan cultural businesses generated $31,325,823 and employed 1,104 Utahns

These stats demonstrate that cultural businesses are indeed economic drivers for Utah. They attract and develop businesses, create and support jobs, increase tourism, and generate revenue for state government. Along with boosting the economic vitality of the state, cultural businesses also make it a great place to live and work by adding to the health, vibrancy, quality, and diversity of Utah’s cultural community.

For more information visit http://www.utahculturalalliance.org/stats for the full report. It highlights a number of counties and organizations. Utah Cultural Alliance recently presented this report at the legislature in a committee meeting of the Business, Economic Development, and Labor Appropriations Sub-committee.

Cultural Asset Map
Related to the State of Utah Culture report, Utah Cultural Alliance recently released a new tool, the Cultural Asset Map. Located at www.utculture.org/map, this tool is a visual representation of Utah’s cultural sector. This tool is fun to explore but also useful for planning vacations, road trips, and boosting tourism. There are currently around 300+ pins and continues to grow.

About the Utah Cultural Alliance
The Utah Cultural Alliance (UCA) is the unified statewide voice and support organization for the cultural community. UCA is membership-driven organization that includes museums (arts, history, science, botanical gardens, and zoos), universities, archives, libraries, artists, patrons, as well as arts, folk arts, cultural, humanities, science, education, preservation, history, and heritage organizations. Additionally, businesses, corporations, and foundations belong to UCA to support the continuing viability and visibility of Utah’s cultural community.

Utah Electronic Musicians Sign with Philip Glass’ Orange Mountain Music

The Salt Lake Electric Ensemble (SLEE) announce signing with Orange Mountain Music (OMM) of New York City, NY. The record label was founded in 2001, and was developed out of a project undertaken to archive all the master recordings that Philip Glass had made. OMM will release SLEE’s recording of Glass’ classic 1970 masterwork, Music With Changing Parts, worldwide on Feb. 16. Relying on a combination of synthesis, sampling and traditional acoustic instruments SLEE’s recording is hypnotic, dreamlike, and psychedelic.

SLEE formed in 2009 with a dual purpose: to perform and record Terry Riley’s 1964 masterwork In C, and to explore music making with the most powerful and intriguing musical instrument of our time: the computer.  SLEE’s 2010 recording of In C, notable for being the first rendition to primarily use electronic instruments, was lauded by critics and audiences throughout the world. Now the ensemble has turned their attention to one of the world’s most cherished and influential living composers: New York City’s Philip Glass. Glass’ extensive body of work includes symphonies, operas, chamber music, piano works and more.

SLEE views Music With Changing Parts to be a culmination of Glass’s early career. The score is comprised of a progression of 76 intricate harmonic patterns distributed across 6-8 performers who are free to repeat the patterns as many times as they wish and to play the patterns using any combination of instruments. Along with these patterns, in a number of places Glass instructs the performers to improvise a series of long held tones, to be individually selected through careful listening to the prevailing ensemble sound.  

The Salt Lake Electric Ensemble have delivered an interpretation of the music that, while true to the instructions contained in the score, is thoroughly of the present moment. By employing multiple laptop computers programmed with each note from the score to assist them, the musicians of the ensemble were able to achieve exact rhythmic precision while performing, freeing them to focus on sound design and improvisation.

The recording will be available on CD from Amazon.com and saltlakeelectricensemble.com, as a download from Apple’s iTunes, and will be streaming on Spotify and Apple Music.