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THE PRICE OF A RAINBOW AT POOL EXHIBIT

POOL - THE PRICE OF THE RAINBOW

SEPTEMBER 10TH & 24TH, 3-5 PM
THE PRICE OF A RAINBOW by Marcell Bellinger Brass Quartet
Composed by Marcell Bellinger & Paul Giess
Featuring Marcell Bellinger & Alan Nelson

Fairmount Water Works
640 Waterworks Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19130
(In Fairmount Park Near Phila Museum Of Art)

 

Free And Open To The Public

(Concert will most likely be outdoors. Bring an UMBRELLA to be in the spirit of the event and to protect your skin.)

 

A project by Victoria Prizzia of Habithèque Inc, POOL: A Social History of Segregation is a museum exhibition at the Fairmount Water Works featuring a curated collection of powerful art installations and informative experiences, including rarely seen archival film footage and photographs that explore the history and contemporary implications of segregated swimming in America. POOL investigates the role of public pools in the United States with the goal of deepening understanding of the connection between water, social justice and public health.

 

The exhibition will also present SPLASH / CONCESSIONS: a series of special events curated by Philadelphia Jazz Project director, Homer Jackson and Chef Valerie Erwin of Geechee Girl Rice Cafe. SPLASH is a series of newly composed, musical performances created specifically for this exhibition, which will be presented in the lanes of the former Kelly Pool and outside the Fairmount Water Works (weather permitting). In between thirty-minute musical sets, our CONCESSIONS stand, organized by Chef Valerie Erwin of Geechee Girl Rice Cafe will be open, with food prepared by young, local entrepreneurs of color, including Chef Chris Paul of Lakay PHL, Chefs Omar Tate & Cybille St Aude-Tate of Honeysuckle Provisions and Chef Melissa Fernando of Sri's Company. Also Books & Stuff, the online multicultural, Afrocentric, books and gifts source run by designer and entrepreneur Lynn Washington, will round things out with related book selections for sale.

 

THE PRICE OF A RAINBOW -  is a New Orleans Brass band-inspired, musical investigation composed by trumpeters Marcell Bellinger and Paul Giess that explores the ongoing impact of Hurricane Katrina and the intense human and financial costs of global warming. The performance will be presented by the Marcell Bellinger Brass Quartet, featuring Marcell Bellinger - Trumpet, percussion master Alan Nelson - Drums, Bill Saurman - Trombone and Sam Turley - Tuba, this performance excavates untold stories hidden within the motions of American waters.

 

SEPTEMBER 10TH & 24TH, 3-5 PM
THE PRICE OF A RAINBOW by Marcell Bellinger Brass Quartet
Composed by Marcell Bellinger & Paul Giess
Featuring Marcell Bellinger & Alan Nelson

Marcell Bellinger & Paul Giess
The Price Of A Rainbow is a New Orleans Brass band- inspired, musical investigation into the ongoing impact of Hurricane Katrina and the intense human and financial costs of global warming.


We spoke with Marcell Bellinger about his work and this new performance created for the POOL exhibition.


PJP: Can you briefly describe your musical direction?

 

Marcell Bellinger: The musical direction is two fold here. There is a musical examination of how a city develops on the water. Also there is the political aspect of how matters are handled. This point hits home with Paul Giess' composition, “What Zip Codes Do You Care About?”. It is an interesting coincidence that this concert is happening after a recent flooding here in Philadelphia, as well as a current water crisis in Mississippi.

 

PJP: What and whom are pivotal musical influences on your creative approach?

 

Marcell Bellinger: Upon visiting the Fairmount Waterworks, Paul Giess and I wanted to gain a thorough understanding of the effects of climate change and how the connection to water impacts various populations.   

 
PJP: Tell us about your upcoming performances connected to the POOL: A Social History of Segregation exhibition. Why is it important?

 

POOL Magazine CoverMarcell Bellinger: Composing for a specific subject can be very difficult. It is really important to try to understand the subject from as many perspectives as possible. My approach to expressing myself with instruments is simple: I want to make my audience feel something. I want to feel something. With The Price Of A Rainbow, I want people to consider that water is so essential to our lives, yet it is also in danger and potentially dangerous. If we reduce green house gases, and other emissions that are detrimental to the environment, we can reduce he potential for chaos. That chaos comes in the form of acid rain, droughts, massive hurricanes, super powerful tornados and more. It’s that simple. We must reduce these emissions.

 

PJP: Who performs on this project with you?

 
Marcell Bellinger: Performing on this project is Bill Saurman on valve trombone, Sam Turley on tuba, the great Jazz drum master, Alan Nelson on drums and of cousrse, myself, Marcell Bellinger on trumpet and flugelhorn. Of course, Paul Giess and I wrote the composistions that we will be playing.

 

PJP: Why Jazz? When you could be doing anything else, why this music?

 
Marcell Bellinger: Jazz, in my opinion is an art form that allows for the most expression. Sure, other genres could have worked however, I personally didn’t want to be musically restricted. With all the possibilities that Jazz has to offer why not go with this vehicle of musical expression?

 

 

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FEATURING BOTH MARCELL BELLINGER & PAUL GIESS:

 

 

ABOUT THE COMPOSERS:

 

Marcell Bellinger is a trumpeter, band leader, arranger composer and educator, who has shared the stage with Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Charles McPherson, Dave Liebman, Benny Golson, The Roots and others. Bellinger is an adjunct professor at Temple University and instructor at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. He has collaborated with the Philadelphia Jazz Project on a variety of concerts, one of which resulted in a live album of his original compositions inspired by visual artist Norman Lewis.

 

Paul Giess is a Philadelphia-based trumpet player, composer, and educator. His musical practice is rooted in the jazz tradition, but his taste is quite adventurous. Giess, who has worked closely with the Philadelphia Jazz Project has also performed in various venues in the Delaware Valley including, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Ortlieb’s Lounge, Philadelphia Museum Of Art, The Planetarium At The Franklin Institute, Johnny Brenda's, Chris' Jazz Cafe, LaRose Cafe and more. He is the creator and host of monthly PHOUND SOUNDS PODCAST.

 

To keep up with the creative activities of Marcell Bellinger, or Paul Giess visit: MARCELL BELLINGER'S WEBSITE or PAUL GIESS' WEBSITE, PAUL GIESS' INSTAGRAM PAGE, or PAUL GIESS' FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

SEPTEMBER 10TH & 24TH, 3-5 PM
THE PRICE OF A RAINBOW by Marcell Bellinger Brass Quartet
Composed by Marcell Bellinger & Paul Giess
Featuring Marcell Bellinger & Alan Nelson

Fairmount Water Works
640 Waterworks Dr., Philadelphia, PA 19130
(In Fairmount Park Near Phila Museum Of Art)

 

Free And Open To The Public

 

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT POOL

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DOWNLOAD FREE POOL EXHIBITION MAGAZINE HERE

 

POOL: A Social History of Segregation is a project by Victoria Prizzia of Habithèque Inc. POOL was made possible by generous support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and the Philadelphia Water Department. We would also like to thank leadership of the FUND for the Fairmount Water Works and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for their ongoing support for this project. Much of the historic content of POOL was provided by and/or written in collaboration with Dr. Jeff Wiltse, who generously made his extensive research available to the makers of POOL.

 

Special thanks to exhibition, creative director and lead designer, Victoria Prizzia of Habithèque Inc, to Karen Young and the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, as well as to Chef Valerie Erwin of Geechee Girl Rice Cafe. Major support for POOL has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Philadelphia Water Department.

 

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