Grant funded, Margot Becker creates a symphony from garbage. More soon!
TRASH FEST is a month-long series of FREE art and educational events all centered on waste--in JUNE in Marbletown. We're turning the Transfer Station in High Falls into an art gallery, with large scale sculpture made of re-sourced materials, and we're presenting hung art at The Wired Gallery (openings on June 4th at 12:30 Transfer Station and 3:30 at Wired). And of course, there's the concert of music made on instruments made of junk at the Rail Trail Cafe on June 5th, 7pm to 10pm. The goal of TRASH FEST is get people to look at the resources they throw away every day, get creative about reusing these resources, generate a conversation about trash, and foster ways for the public to better deal with the mountain of garbage we make day after day.
The TRASH FEST concert at the Rail Trail Cafe will feature four musicians:
Bill Ylitalo has been making musical instruments from recycled parts since he was 12 years old. As a teenager he studied flute, saxophone and guitar. He was active in the punk scene in Wisconsin and New York in the 70s and 80s. He arrived in Woodstock in 1979 to study at Karl Berger's Creative Music Studio where he studied with Roscoe Mitchell, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Julius Hemphill and George Lewis. He has composed music for HBO's Sex and the City and for the Trisha Brown Dance company. He is currently designing and building Gamelan instruments for The New School in NYC where he is the Director of Gamelan Studies. He has been the administrative director of Gamelan studies at Bard College since 1999. He is currently a member of Karl Berger's Improvisers Orchestra, The Big Sky Ensemble and his own Gamelan Ensemble, Djam Gong. He has played with George Clinton, Leo Nocentelli, Peewee Ellis, Clyde Stubblefield, Butch Vig, John Zorn, Warren Smith, The Zephyrus Orchestra. He studied instrument building and sound sculpture at Bard With Robert Bielecki, and tuning with Kyle Gann and Johnnie Reinhart at Bard.
Anastasia Solberg, violist, completed her graduate studies in performance at the Hochsule der Kunste, Berlin, with Prof. Bruno Giurranna. She is founder and director of Ensemble Solange, a mixed chamber ensemble that performed primarily in Europe, focusing on works and composers of rarely performed works. More recently, she is playing with The Ellenville Chamber Players and VIOLent PERseCution (with Christopher Earley). She has been the violist for the American Festival of Microtonal Music since 1996 and has many solo/chamber world premiers to her credit, including works by Victoria Bond, Anton Rovner, Violetta Dinescu, Luc Marcel, Skip Laplante David Tcimpidis and John Eaton. Anastasia rewrote and arranged the 17 songs of LiPo by Harry Partch for adapted viola and intoned voice which is being performed every year due to its popularity. Aside from her life as a performer she is a full time instructor teaching violin, viola, and chamber music.
Skip LaPlante invents, builds, composes for, performs on and teaches with musical instruments built from trash. He has built waterfalls (large water-driven musical instruments) at PS1 in NYC, the Capital Children's Museum in Washington DC, The Riverside Elementary School in Princeton NJ, and The Schoodic Arts for All Festival in Winter Harbor, Me. He has composed extensively for small dance and theater companies, and for new music ensembles including Music For Homemade Instruments, which he co-founded in 1975 and was first among equals until the group disbanded in 2005. He is probably best known for his work with Joseph Chaikin, Sam Shepard and Harry Mann on the original production of Tongues/Savage Love. He is currently Exploring the Metropolis's composer-in-residence at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, where his Symphony of Chimes will be premiered on May 1st. His favorite food is wild raspberries.
Peter Head, writer, guitarist, singer, and maker of instruments of junk, is electric guitarist for Gus Mancini's Sonic Soul Band and a member of the Pitchfork Militia. He makes guitar-like instruments using old cookie tins and furniture parts, and Kalimbas (an instrument of Afro Carribean decent) from steel tines attached to resonators. Peter says, “There was a turning point in my musical direction when I saw a picture of some African kid holding a homemade 3-string gas can guitar and the thought, ‘hey… I can do that,’ entered my head. With a cheap contact mic, any piece of junk will make some kind of sound. The resulting sounds are as varied and beautiful as life itself.”
TRASH FEST: get creative with your waste!
TRASH FEST is the brain child of Margot R. Becker, a writer, collage artist, former dancer, and solid waste management activist. This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. TRASH FEST is sponsored by League of Women Voters Mid-Hudson Region (LWVMHR) and by the Marbletown Environmental Conservation Commission (ECC).