Water is life. It is an essential element to humans and all living things on earth. Despite it's abundance, access to it is shaping up to be a critical issue in the coming decades. Already people around the world are facing droughts, contamination, salination and more issues which impact their health and livelihood. Aquaphilia is a project in recognition of the importance of this important elixir that flows through the mountains and forests, as it makes it's way to our taps and crops. It is water music. 


Aquaphilia-Streams of Consciousness

Began in June 2015, along the banks of Bullskin Run at Craftworks in West Virginia, Aquaphilia-Streams of Consciousness explores the Chesapeake Bay watershed. 


As the origin of waters which make their way to the Gulf of Mexico and Cheseapeake Bay, the Monongahela National Forest and Cranberry Wilderness are essential to the health of many rivers. To honor this, a new National Monument, Birthplace of Rivers, has been proposed. The Sunrise Review teamed up with Mike Costello of the Hell for Certain String Band in June of 2014 to record a performance of Cherry River Line, a traditional song about the area, with Banjo and Tabla.


One of the most striking things about Yosemite is the juxtaposition of dryness and wetness. The Merced River cascades over granite into the dusty valley and down into the western Sierras. Along the back side of Half Dome the river pools before pouring over Nevada falls. This pool, named Emerald Pool, is a relaxing treelined oasis. The rock wall opposite the John Muir Trail coupled with the water is a great acoustic reflection situation. it's not all gemstones and music for the Merced, however. The drought in California in 2014 has taken a toll on the aquatic health of the river.


Emerald Falls 37° 43' 37.4736" N, 119° 32' 32.2728" W


Aquaphilia cohesed as a project framework during the Hybrid Solar Eclipse on the morning of November 3, 2013, a short way from where a spring emerges from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. As the water made its way to the Opequon and then Potomac River it was followed by bicycle. The path lead to the C&O Canal, a historic by-way which ferried goods and people from Pennsylvania to Washington D.C. Over the course of a week the watershed of the Potomac River from Shepherdstown, WV to Washington D.C.


39° 25' 38.46" N, 77° 48' 26.6652" W
38° 58' 55.704" N, 77° 13' 50.5596" W
39° 24' 19.7028" N, 77° 57' 7.0056" W