From May 23rd through May 25th, Arcosanti had the privilege of hosting the first iteration of brand-new musical event called FORM: “An artist-curated platform imagined by Hundred Waters & Family, FORM brings together artists of all mediums to create and perform together at inspiring events and locations around the globe.”

[members of ‘Hundred Waters’ at Arcosanti Morning meeting, photo by Sue Kirsch, all text by Kate Bemesderfer]

What had started out as an idea to play a small concert for friends, family and residents soon became a 3-day weekend celebrating the May 27th release of Hundred Waters new album, “The Moon Rang Like a Bell,” inspired partially by the band’s previous stays at Arcosanti.

[‘How to Dress Well’ afternoon warm-up, photo by Sue Kirsch]

Drummer Zach Tetrault was the driving force behind the dynamic festival, and used the words of Paolo Soleri (featured on shirts that were given away to all attendees) as its foundation: “To survive, we must develop more knowledge, more tolerance, more wisdom, and become aware of what we call love or compassion.”

[photo by Sue Kirsch]

Rather than sell tickets, the event was free to attend, but required an application. Hundred Waters hand-picked their audience from the applicants, who were asked such questions as, “What inspires you?” and “Why do you want to come?” 

[photo by Conrad Strano-Macanany]

Ultimately, over a hundred people camped in the Minds Gardens and over a hundred more came to be part of the occasion, which included live music, delicious food from Pho King, a Sunday afternoon pool party, and artist installations: Arjan Miranda’s “Infinity Forever” dodecahedral sound booth, Milagros Collective’s Spirit Sticks and Owen Fritts’ geodesic dome. 

[Milagro art project, photo by Conrad Strano-Macanany]

Mainstage performers and DJs included Julie Byrne, Suno Deko, How to Dress Well, Alvin Risk, ESKMO, Majical Cloudz Kodak to Graph, and, of course, Hundred Waters.

[Pho King, photo by Sue Kirsch]

[terrific DJ E.B. Sollis, photo by Sue Kirsch]

Produced by OWSLA (the band’s label) and Family Artists (their management company), FORM:Arcosanti brought together an international group of musicians with Arcosanti residents and guests from Seattle to LA, Denver to Dallas, New Oreans to New York, most of whom had never been to Arcosanti before, and some of whom had never even been to Arizona before.  We hope to see all of you–artists and attendees–again soon!

[‘Hundred Waters’, photo by Sue Kirsch]

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