Fletcher Tucker is a musician, producer, visual artist, writer, and practitioner of earth-based skills, crafts, practices and ceremonies. Tucker was born in 1983 in the little northern California, coastal, forest town of Pacific Grove. For roughly the last decade Tucker has made his home on the western slopes of the steep mountains of Big Sur, California. Wilderness and the wild edges of consciousness are the primary inspiration for Tucker's creative and didactic work. Tucker's recordings, essays, sculptures, and workshops are all made with the intention to facilitate re-connection with universal ancestral states of mind. In other words, to uncover the atavistic and animistic human animal buried in the modern person. By guiding people into intimate relationship with place, Tucker hopes to dispel the illusion of separation that exists between the self and the natural world.
LONGFORM MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY
Fletcher Tucker was born in 1983 in the little northern California, coastal, forest town of Pacific Grove. For roughly the last decade Tucker has made his home on the western slopes of the steep mountains of Big Sur, California.
Between 2005 and 2012 Tucker released five full length albums and four EPs under the project-name Bird By Snow – mostly releasing music on my own label, Gnome Life Records, with a few releases on other labels in Japan and Europe. In 2011 Tucker recorded a one-off improvised jaw harp album (Native Tongue) under the name Yurt. His final Bird By Snow album, Offering, was released in 2012/2013 (US/Japan). Since then Tucker has been recording and performing under his given name. On June 30th of 2017 released Cold Spring, the first Fletcher Tucker LP, and his most critically acclaimed work to date.
Tucker spent four years writing and recording Cold Spring. By his own words... "'Cold Spring' is the highest resolution presentation of the archetypes, ideas, and invocations that weave through all of my work. Specifically: deep connection with place, atavism, mythopoetics, raw mystical experience, and liminal states of consciousness. These are the things that matter to me, and they always have."
A self-styled generalist Tucker practices many forms of art-making, and plays many instruments "with just enough skill to compose upon them." He records his own music on old analog machines, in the countryside where the sounds of nature find their own way into his songs.
In addition to his solo records Tucker has performed on, and helped to record, albums by several other artists including: Little Wings, Daniel Higgs, and Fountainsun. Tucker's label, Gnome Life, is responsible for the reissue of Robbie Basho's most celebrated album Visions of the Country, and Tucker is often credited for the resurgence of interest in Basho's music.
BRIEF MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY
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Amongst the redwood forests and windswept coastal mountains of Big Sur, California, Fletcher Tucker creates highly ritualistic drone folk. In live performance Tucker weaves a nest of dark ambient, acoustic soundscapes from which songs emerge and are subsumed back into fertile drones without interruption. Ancient tones and primordial perspectives are evoked. The animistic qualities of the instruments themselves are at the fore. And the raw, mystical energies of Tucker’s wild home-place are summoned and embodied. Tucker is also the founder of Gnome Life Records.
LONGFORM WORKSHOP BIOGRAPHY
Fletcher Tucker is a California Central Coast native, and inhabitant of Big Sur. An experienced teacher of adults and children, Fletcher ran Big Sur's elementary school garden program from 2011-2016, and also worked for the Esalen Institute's Farm & Garden and its Gazebo Park Pre-School. Fletcher is an ancestral skills practitioner, Deep Ecology disciple, lifelong student of California natural history, and a dedicated student of Gestalt practice in the lineage of Esalen Institute co-founder Dick Price. Having hiked and backpacked throughout the American West, Europe and Japan, Fletcher has become a devotee of trail-craft and minimalist backpacking. Fletcher has also studied and participated ceremonially with teachers within indigenous North and South American spiritual traditions, which have deeply informed his spiritual relationship to nature. As a co-founder of Wildtender Fletcher is committed to re-connecting human beings in body, mind, and spirit with wild nature and our non-human relations. Fletcher is a NOLS certified Wilderness First Responder.
BRIEF WORKSHOP BIOGRAPHY
A devoted student and teacher of California natural history, awareness traditions, ancestral skills and wisdom, and trail-craft / backpacking practice, Wildtender co-founder Fletcher Tucker is committed to re-connecting human beings in body, mind, and spirit with wild nature and our non-human relations.