“It explores how we can create a forum of equal participation and creative input, much like brass bands in Europe and reminiscent of community bands that used to populate the United States.”
for dawn or dusk // homeward
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 concerto tracks 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. It explores how we can create a forum of equal participation and creative input, much like brass bands in Europe and reminiscent of community bands that used to populate the United States. In this spirit, local amateurs will work side by side with professions, as well as community leaders who will run rehearsals. If this sounds like fun to you and would like to be involved, please contact Northern Spark here.
Call for Participation
We are looking for musicians age 10+ (amateur and professional) who love playing their instrument, are not afraid to play loud, and have an interest in engaging with their community via music. Folks need to be willing to participate in three rehearsals prior to the performance at the Northern Spark Festival on June 4 at 9:05. Participants will need to provide their own instruments, and percussionists are encouraged to bring two instruments from this list: marching snare drum, marching bass drum, glockenspiel, metal junk, and bells. More information.And here.
Chris Kallmyer is a performer, composer, and sound artist living in Los Angeles, CA who works in sound installation, composition, trumpet, and electronic music. He has presented work at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Machine Project, the Goldwell Open Air Museum, and other spaces in America and Europe. His work is influenced by a sense of place, architecture, field recordings, and outdoor listening.
Chris is the Curator of Sound Programming for the Machine Project and earned his MFA in music from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Thomas Stevens, Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, and Edward Carroll. He holds a BA in trumpet performance from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.