Location: North Adams, MA at MASS MoCA and The Beyond Place
Date: MASS MoCA opening May 26th/ Beyond Place Opening June 25, 2017
New Orleans Airlift brings its Music Box project to North Adams, Massachusetts at the invitation of TOURISTS and MASS MoCA. Delaney Martin and Taylor Shepherd, two of the Music Box’s co-founders, and project alumni Klaas Hübner (Berlin) and Andrew Schrock (New Orleans) are building new musical architecture with help from locals artists and volunteers. The new works take inspiration from North Adam’s industrial mill history and its nickname of “Steeple Town” due to its many churches whose steeples dot the landscape.
The Corrugarou, a crank driven re-making of Huebner and Schrocks’s well loved Chateau Poulet, uses rotating fans with different size tubes to make hauntingly beautiful droning tones. It debuts at MASS MoCA during the Memorial Day Weekend opening of the museum’s new wing. The Corrugarou is also part of Earmarks II, MASS MoCA’s celebration of sound as medium and subject matter. Corruarou will spend some months at the museum before joining Martin and Shepherd’s Chime Chapel as a permanent installation in The Beyond Place.
The Beyond Place is a little island along the Hoosic river that is a gateway to the Appalachian trail. It is part of TOURISTS, a creative landscape that includes Blackington Mill and a mid-century roadside motel. In addition to being discovered by hikers and wanders, this Music Box Outpost in The Beyond Place will host an opening and then bi-annual concerts as part of the Wilco’s Solid Sound Fest held at MASS MoCA. John Stirratt, bassist from Wilco, is one of the minds behind TOURISTS