Spend two days exploring and rolling-up-your-sleeves
by gaining valuable tools
to expand your personal or professional musical repertoire.

Friday, July 5 at 12pm <<>> Saturday, July 6 at 4pm
join us for the Saturday concert, too!

Tickets for Workshop: Click Here.

Information on Saturday Concert & Dinner: Click Here.
Information on Ranch Accommodations: Click Here.

A two-day musical journey with Dirtwire and Poranguí exploring and creating music in the expansive soundscapes of The Grand Staircase in Southern Utah.

This workshop provides a first-hand look into the process of developing new music from the ground up, learning new instruments such as the jawharp and your own body, as well as the power of sounds in nature.

Workshop sessions are lead by: Dirtwire, which includes David Satori of Beats Antique, Evan Fraser of Stellamara and Mark Reveley of Jed and Lucia. Be a part of their creative process and their carnival of instruments that includes: melodicas, guitarjo, electric space fiddle, drums, jaw harps, vocals, toy megaphone, and harmonica – to name a few…

Dirtwire invited live looping musician Poranguí for this synergistic collaboration  – a one-man orchestra who weaves ancestral songs and indigenous rhythms from around the globe.

Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch: Siloon Recording Studio

This workshop offers an opportunity to learn from professional musicians in an immersive environment of the expansive Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch. Equipped with a professional recording studio, the ranch provides a respite to hone your listening skills in the expansive natural sounds and gather new musical techniques.

Following the workshop is a Saturday Night Dinner on the Great Lawn & Evening Concert in the Siloon – a historic underground event space that includes a state of the art sound system, speakeasy lounge and deck with expansive vistas overlooking Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

Join us Sunday morning for a delicious locally-grown organic brunch at Sweetwater Kitchen as we stimulate your body for the day ahead, and to close out the weekend.

Lodging accommodations are available at the Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch, including multi-room cabins, lodge bunkhouse, tipis and camping. Please visit the website for lodging information & reservations. Click Here for availability.

Workshop is limited to 20 participants. No previous musical skills necessary. Workshop ticket Includes communal dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday. Dinner and concert tickets on Saturday are purchased separately. Discount code provided to workshop participants.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, July 5

12:00pm – 1:30pm:

Be welcomed by and join Ron Johnson the co-owner and co-steward of Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch on an Orientation & Natural Systems Preservation & Regeneration Walk on property learning about the perma-culture practices that are flourishing the landscape and therefore the soundscape of the ranch. (lunch provided)

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Opening Welcome

Welcoming introduction to the workshop and the participants. Opening session with everyone: Greetings and welcome, a chance to introduce ourselves, and an opportunity to set intentions for the weekend   

2:30pm – 3:30pm:

The Ancient Language of the Jaw Harp
Have the mouth twang become part of your musical vocabulary

This beginning level workshop, led by Evan Fraser, will teach the basic fundamental techniques and a variety of playing styles to help you discover your own sounds and jaw harp journeys.  We will be Focusing on the dan moi, a brass Vietnamese version of the jaw harp from the Hmong people. This workshop will explore playing together as an ensemble and writing our own jaw harp compositions. (dan moi jaw harps will be available for purchase)

3:30pm – 4:00pm: Break

4:00pm – 6:00pm:

Healing through Embodied Sound
A Workshop on Body Percussion and Vocal Activation

Join master percussionist, musician, and healer Poranguí as we create a circle of rhythm, sound, and movement. Rediscover the first and most complex instrument known to humankind: your self. Together in this safe container, we will explore where body percussion, voice and Spirit meet in a polyrhythmic dance to become more embodies and alive. Come and experience the playful, fun and healing vibration created by a circle of people grooving to collective rhythm.

6:30pm – 8pm: Dinner (Included)

8pm – 8:30pm: Break

8:30pm – 9:30pm

Ambient sound healing journey:
Join Emma, Mark Reveley and their son Shane in a meditative sound healing journey centered around a collection of original tribal Swedish heart songs. Join us as singing bowls, shamanic drumming, ambient soundscapes, and a deep familial vocal lineage hold space for introspection and contemplation. Performed as a continuous hour long set, it will offer opportunity for meditation, yoga, and movement.

9:30pm – late:

Ambient jam session with Dirtwire & Poranguí and workshop attendees

Saturday, July 6

8am – 9am: Morning Yoga (optional)  

9:30am – 11am:

Listening: How to hone your senses
A Medical Plant and Soundscape listening walk  

Quieting the mind and awakening all of your senses is an essential part of a musician. This session will incorporate an exploratory walk around the layered soundscape abundant in the surrounding landscape of Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch. Immerse yourself in the sacred orchestra offered when we quiet ourselves enough to truly listen. This activity is designed to heighten your senses allowing you to discover the audible world of nature’s rhythms.

11am – 12:30pm: Recap & Lunch (included)

Rehearsal on what happened the previous day and activities

12:30pm – 3:30pm:

David Satori’s Musical Adventures Workshop
Track Production with Ableton

Join David Satori for an exploration of the creative process, collaborative art-making, and the basics of Ableton Live. This session will dive deep into an Ableton session and walk through how a musical track is created from start to finish. This is an interactive, hands-on workshop, where we will collectively be creating and mixing so bring an acoustic instrument (if you have one) to get sampled into the track. The session will then be shared with workshop participants so you can remix and make your own version at home!

3:30pm – 4pm: Workshop Closing

Join us for the Saturday evening Concert and Dinner on the Great Lawn!
More information, click here!