Song for Pittsburgh
A song performed by a fragmented choir across the city
Performed by Ian Bonnet, Tessa Barber, Dani Lamorte, Ricardo Iamuuri, John Carson, and the Dress Exchange Choir
Sunday, April 20, 2013 in six locations across Pittsburgh
Song written by myself, music composed by Devin Arrington. See/read it here.
Funded with a small grant from: The Sprout Fund
Documentation and logistical support provided by Alisha Wormsley, Dave English, Lenka Clayton, Harrison Apple, Ivette Spradlin, Natalya Pinchuk and Dana Sperry, Luke Loeffler, Alex Rudnicky, and extra help, support and artistic design from Daniel Luchman.
About the work: Song for Pittsburgh is a song I wrote a song for the city of Pittsburgh and had it performed by a fragmented choir of people at the same time on the same day in six different locations in Pittsburgh. The song speaks to the highs and lows of life in this city. I fragmented it to illuminate the ideas of connecting across the geographical and economic divides that are unique to this city and keep us apart and disconnected. By giving it to many people to perform I was able to hear it in their voice and style: song is universal, and it provides a creative place for us to connect / reconnect. This was the first piece of the Pittsburgh Performance Series, and in many ways was the most logistically complicated and difficult.