The Archaea Tree Ensemble (harp, flute, and percussion) is launching Troublesome Gap, a collaborative music festival for composers that will take place in the mountains of North Carolina May 17-24, 2015. The festival will be hosted at the Azule retreat center, in Hot Springs, N.C, in association with Robert Paterson as Composer-in-residence. (Paterson has collaborated with harpists including Duo Scorpio, for whom he wrote Scorpion Tales.) “Troublesome Gap is centered on the collaborative process of new compositions,” says Archaea Tree Ensemble harpist Erin Brooker. “Each composer will write a new work to be premiered by ATE, and during the composition process, will receive two consultation meetings via Skype (or in person, if location allows it) with ATE; this way, the piece is collaboratively constructed and any compositional questions regarding the individual instruments may be answered early on.” Composers will then work individually at the festival with Paterson, who will also serve as a coach for composer/ensemble rehearsals. ATE and Paterson will also present seminars on a variety of topics, and composers will have the opportunity to present their own music in open seminars. The culmination of the festival is a public concert premiering the participating composers’ five works.