Listen to the CBS podcast of an interview with Nathaniel Stookey
from June 4, 2007
Listen to "Junkestra."
The following audio streams are recordings from a rehearsal. A studio recording is in production and will be available at a later date.
of this artist and the performance in May 2007.
At the old children's playground in Golden Gate Park, there was an enormous rainbow play structure that was a warren of metal slides and tunnels. My kids would disappear inside for long stretches - there was no way for an adult to follow - and I was left on the outside with all the other vaguely worried parents. Fortunately, it was an amazingly resonant piece of architecture and I soon discovered that there were lots of ways to play this giant instrument that could keep me entertained for at least as long as my children. I had fantasies about bringing a troupe of professional musicians - or maybe just the stoned
drummers from nearby Hippy Hill - and staging a concert: Concerto for Rainbow Play Structure.
Sadly, the whole thing was removed last year to make way for a regulation playground that won't swallow children, worry parents or, god forbid, attract any hippy drummers. At about that time, I went to SF Recycling and Disposal's web site to see if you have to rinse your yogurt tub before putting it in the blue cart (you don't). The site had a link to the Artist in Residence Program and I immediately had visions of recovering the rainbow play structure from the dump and bringing it to life at Davies Symphony Hall - maybe even the Cow Palace!
Well I never found the play structure but I have dug up a remarkably sonorous collection of pipes, pans, mixing bowls, bottles, serving trays, deck railings, dresser drawers, oil drums, bike wheels, saws, garbage cans, bathroom fixtures, bird-cages, and shopping carts. This is Junkestra, and it's a much richer palette of timbre and pitch than anything I could have foreseen or designed.
- Residency Period: February 1, 2007 - May 31, 2007
- Art show with Ellen Babcock: May 25 & 26, 2007