Umingmak Nuna EP

by Barret Anspach

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The Lady Franklin Bay Expedition (1881-1884), led by Lt. Adolphus Greely, was sent by the U.S. to the Canadian Arctic to establish Fort Conger, for the purpose of collecting meteorological, astronomical and polar magnetic data. A series of importune events and choices: the resupply ship unable to deliver food; Greely's order to move south for rescue, only to lose their ship in ice and float on an iceberg for days; for lack of food while marooned in a desolate landscape, they slowly succumbed to starvation, hypothermia — and possibly cannibalism. Only six of the twenty-five members survived the expedition, when finally in 1884, after much persuasion by Greely's wife Henrietta, the U.S. Army mounted a successful rescue operation to retrieve the men.

"Umingmak Nuna" is the Qikiqtaaluk (Inuit) name for Ellesmere Island, where remnants of Fort Conger's wooden buildings still stand.

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released April 15, 2012

All parts performed by Barret Anspach.

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Barret Anspach New York, New York

I grew up in Belle­vue, WA, with decid­edly broad artistic inter­ests. While city-planning with Legos and con­coct­ing alter­nate his­tories of the world (with maps and lan­guages), I dove nose-first into music at age seven with scented col­ored mark­ers and high­lighters on card­board. Now I'm a classically-trained composer doing pretty much the same thing. ... more

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