Hyatt says, of his project's grand scheme: "The idea was to create a body of music based on audio field recordings to tell a story about the human experience and our relationship and conflicts with the natural world."
Pellerite on the Native flute: "We are dealing with something that was alive. It was a tree branch before it became a flute. It's still that same tree branch, even though it ended up on the lathe and with a drill for the holes, and the carving for the air channels."
"Black history is a very difficult thing to embrace in any country but especially within the United States. Once we move beyond the fanfare of certain music and dance, and certain cultural traditions of food, we begin to go into these very highly political areas of racial violence, riots, lynching, and massive population migrations because of terror."