Photo by Bill Wade
little water music on the Allegheny
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Passersby may have thought they were halucinating yesterday, but the scene
below them on the Allegheny River was actually the portrayal of a dream.
Artist Michael Pestel performed improvisational tunes while seated at
a baby grand piano, floating on a section of a dock going down the back
channel of the Allegheny River near Washington's Landing. The performance
art, which lasted about an hour, was videotaped by Andrew Johnson, at
center in the photo, and others for showing during an exhibition that
will open Friday at Chatham College, where Pestel is an assocate professor.
During the performance, Johnson will collaborate with West Virginia professor
Paul Krainak in a piece inspired by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer
and composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. The river scene portrayed yesterday is
part of a dream by Villa-Lobos, where he is floating down a river playing
a piano when it catches fire.
The scene was executed with help from Mike Lambert, far left, of Three
Rivers Rowing, who, with help from Eric Lipsky, pushed the dock with a