is a compilation of nine original pieces composed over the course of about five
years, plus a new orchestration of the Canon in D by Johannes Pachelbel.
The music is based on my experiences at the American Youth Foundation's Camp
Miniwanca in Michigan. The song title akuta kuwa is believed to be Omaha
Indian, meaning "to seek again and again." This name was bestowed on the 1989
graduates of the AYF's National
Leadership Conference, of which I was a member.
It is with great fondness and pride that I have dedicated this
Jennifer, Cindy, and David
The Akuta Kuwa Class
who give life to a place called Miniwanca
God, for what talent I may have
Wiley Rankin and Todd Benkert for
suggestions and advice
Mom and Dad for support in undertaking this project
Everyone else who pushed me to get this album finished
Rick Wilson was born in 1970 in Wichita, Kansas. He has played viola in the
Wichita Youth Symphony, Kansas State University Orchestra, and the Friends
University Community Orchestra. He has been with each of these groups at various
times when they have performed at the Kansas Music Educators' Association (KMEA)
annual conventions in Wichita.
Rick has been composing music since 1984. In 1989, Rick was one of five
finalists in the Claude T. Smith memorial music composition contest for high
school students. All five finalists' works were performed at a concert at
Southwest Missouri State University, which sponsored the competition. After the
concert, the judges announced the competition winner, Fanfare for a
Celebration by Rick Wilson. Rick currently plays viola with the Friends
University Community Orchestra and a string quartet, and plays keyboards at
Riverlawn Christian Church. New sound
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I'm Program Director with the station, and thought you'd like to know that
we'll be giving ebb & flow a lot more airplay in the coming
months...we've had a chance to evaluate our Kansas artist selections, and I find
your disc to be exemplary...you have a real feel for the genre. Listeners
will find not just a couple of tracks to enjoy, but excellent music from
beginning to end. We have 8 (of ten) tracks in rotation, now. That is very, very
unusual. That's like 3 CDs worth for most artists working the same territory.
Ken Baker, Program Director for Radio Kansas
If you have heard selections from ebb and flow and would like to send
comments, please direct them to Rick