Three Sketches of Unblemished Earth by Jordan Fasoldt, Green Dot Journey Competition Winner

A native of Rochester, New York, hiking the Appalachian Trail several years ago left indelible impressions on Jordan Fasoldt, and the memory of these experiences finds distinctly evocative echoes in this groundbreaking composition. Describing the transformative adventure and the impact that it would have on his creative impulses, Fasoldt writes: “It expresses the feelings that overtook me as I looked out over woods and lakes and was overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the nature around me.” During his trek of the Appalachians, Fasoldt would find himself equally inspired by the music of the region, which finds bold voice in this composition: “This piece was inspired by the simple yet eloquent harmonies of American folk music. My deep love for the modality and the familiarity of folk-tunes served as a large influence on my writing.”

Fasoldt studied music composition at the University of Michigan under the direction of Michael Daugherty and currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI.