Speaking of *trashy* performances:
What do you get when you cross a recycling company with a classical composer? A symphony, written at the San Francisco dump, that’s played on musical instruments made from garbage.
During an artist residency in 2007 at waste management company Recology San Francisco, composer Nathaniel Stookey (pictured above) composed Junkestra, a symphony in three movements, for 30 or so “instruments” created from trash — pipes, pans, mixing bowls, bottles, serving trays, dresser drawers, oil drums, bike wheels, saws, garbage cans, and shopping carts, among other items — he found in San Francisco’s dump.
San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians premiered the 12-minute-long Junkestra in a performance, conducted by Benjamin Shwartz, held at the dump’s warehouse. (Watch the third movement in this video.)
Junkestra has since been performed in San Francisco at the Herbst Theater, the new California Academy of Sciences, and, by San Francisco Symphony musicians, at Davies Symphony Hall. A CD was released earlier this year.
Recology’s artist-in-residence program aims to inspire and educate people about recycling and resource conservation by providing Bay-area artists with access to materials, a work space, and other resources at the company’s solid waste transfer and recycling center.
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(hat tip to Chrissy Smith, @marimbamaiden18!)