Different Skies, the annual festival of electronic and experimental music returned to the Colly Soleri Music Center for its 10th year.

Different Skies 2012 participants [from left]

John Krikawa: keyboards, Russel Foster: drums and guitar, Otso Pakarinen: keyboards and guitar, Allan Goodman: guitar, keybords and audio mix, Mike Medley in the chair: keyboards, aebea & iPad, Dave Fulton: keyboards, Giles Reaves: keyboards and drums, and Tim Walters: bass and manta. Some have attended the week-long Different Skies Music Festival since its beginning in 2003.

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

It was an intense week for the group. After enduring several days of strong rains and hail that interrupted rehearsals and flooded the floor of the stage, Different Skies nevertheless gave a terrific performance on Saturday evening, October 13.

[photo by Jeremy Schevling]

A good-size crowd wrapped in coats and blankets in response to a chilly Saturday night, enjoyed Different Skies’ program of brand-new compositions. Within the week the musicians wrote the music, practiced each others compositions in group and put together a program of distinctly personal pieces. All this with highly skilled musicians!

[photo by Jeremy Schevling]

Video images, including a beautiful collection of time-lapse photography taken by Giles Reaves during the week at Arcosanti, were projected on a screen behind the musicians. 

[photo by Jeremy Schevling]

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