Would you like to be part of a unique musical performance? Do you like the standing above/between the banks of the Mississippi? Do you play a brass instrument or percussion? Do you like bridges? Are you free the evening of June 4th? Do you like sparklers? Do you want to be part of something you will talk about for years? Do you have friends that fit the above description too? If so…we have something you are going to love.
Los Angeles based composer Chris Kallmyer has been invited by the Northern Spark Festival to create a gigantic brass and percussion piece for the Stone Arch Bridge. Chris is also the music curator for Machine Project, a LA based collective who will be in residence on the Walker Open Field this July. The performance for Northern Spark will serve as an opening “fanfare” to the nightlong festival and is sure to be a highlight of the event.
The piece itself is conceived specifically for the site of the Stone Arch Bridge, taking advantage of the space and its perch above the Mississippi. The instrumentation is for brass section, percussion battery and a small choir of piccolos. Below is further information on the piece, and the potential time commitment. Click here for Northern Spark’s page on the project. The piece has the potential to be a cultural event for the local music community, and if this fits you, we hope you consider participating.
1. Time Commitment:
– Friday, June 3. 6:00 – 8:00 pm // rehearsal at the Stone Arch Bridge.
– Saturday, June 4. 8:55 – 9:15 pm // Call time at 6pm // Performance at the Stone Arch Bridge.
2. Open to musicians of all levels and abilities
3. We are looking for candidates who have an interest in working with their community, pedagogy, new music, and a sense of humor.
for dawn or dusk // homeward is a 10-15 minute sound work for 100+ local musicians playing brass, percussion, woodwinds and tiny whistles. The site specific performance will take place on the Stone Arch Bridge, stretching across the Mississippi playing overlapping melodies derived from the route of the river. The piece follows the route of the river south past St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans and into the Gulf of Mexico. Community involvement is integral in this piece. I am interested in how we can create a forum of equal participation and creative input, much like the brass bands in Europe and community bands that used to populate the United States. In this spirit, local amateurs will work side by side with professional musicians, and local community leaders.
Please RSVP Scott Stulen at email@example.com to sign-up and for full details or pass this information along to anyone you know.
For context, here are a couple short video of one of Chris past projects.