BU to present film and concert featuring Payton MacDonald

BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will host Payton MacDonald, BFA, MM, DMA, musician, filmmaker, and ultra-endurance cyclist, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 12-13, for a film and concert.

MacDonald’s film “Sonic Divide” will screen on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m. in Haas Center for the Performing Arts, room 116. “Sonic Divide” documents MacDonald’s 2,500-mile mountain biking journey on The Great Divide Mountain Biking Route, which spans the United States from the Canadian to the Mexican borders. During the trip, MacDonald dismounts his bike each time he crosses the Continental Divide to perform music using his voice, percussion with found objects, or a combination of the two.

MacDonald will perform his concert “Saraswati and Sonic Divide” on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center, Mitrani Hall. This concert, also performed in Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, features Indiana raga Saraswati, marimba, vocals, and found objects. MacDonald has been described by the New York Times as an “inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer.”

MacDonald studied music at the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. He teaches music at William Paterson University, and tours nationally and internationally as a percussionist, singer, and speaker.

Both events are free and open to the public.

 Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.