Old Survivor

solo bass 
-OR- 
bass with open instrumentation accompaniment

Old Survivor is the name of a tree in Dr. Aurelia Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, in Oakland, California. The tree is about 470 years old, and it's the last remaining old growth redwood in the Oakland Hills. The area was logged heavily from 1845-1860, then again from 1906 until 1916, when the park was purchased by Oakland to preserve the remaining redwoods.

This piece is written from the perspective of Old Survivor. It begins with  growth and reaching up, until its neighbors are logged. Then the forest begins growing back, somber and reflective but hopeful, until there's logging again, and growing back again. I think this piece is about how grief or loss or trauma can change a person, or a community.  

For a full story walkthrough of the piece, click here

Old Survivor was developed in collaboration with Jason Wells.

Solo version premiered by Jason Wells, Minneapolis,  MN, November 6, 2021.  Recorded and mixed by Eric Xu Romani.

Chamber ensemble version premiered by 10th Wave Chamber Collective, livestreamed on YouTube, June 25, 2021.

$15 per score

(digital license)

solo bass

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Note: All works on this website are sold as digital scores (PDFs). Order one set for your ensemble to print and a licensed pdf of the score and parts will be emailed to you within 3 business days.

Performed by Jason Wells

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bass with open inst.

$20 per set

score and parts

(digital license)

Performed by Jason Wells and 10th Wave