I received a commission from the Charm Bracelet Microgrant program to compose music for a series of live performances on a walking tour of Pittsburgh’s North Side. Compositions explored the history, landscape, architecture, and culture of the area, and included stops to the New Hazlett Theatre, Buhl Planetarium, Allegheny Commons, Mexican War Streets, and culminating with a installation-like performance at Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art. All performances were site-specific; over 30 musicians were cast in ensembles ranging from a brass quintet at the lake and two musicians improvising up in trees, to a quartet of singers accompanied by percussive typewriters, books, and torn papers. I was proud to have been chosen among the candidates for that years’ round of grants, and happy that the work was a such a success.

Mattress Factory String Quartet mp3 (2009)