Commonfield Clay

by Chris Kallmyer, Andrew Tholl

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As an artist in residence at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in the fall of 2015, Chris collected and refined clay from the banks of the Mississippi River to make earthenware bells in collaboration with ceramicist Dan Barnett. Derived from the common brick architecture in St. Louis, Chris attempted to create a kind of ‘future folk music’ through hyper-regional materials and communally authored music. The ceramic chimes were used in a workshop and performance for 250 local people who came to listen, reflect, watch the moving light within Tadao Ando’s building in central St. Louis.


released December 8, 2015

Recorded at The Pulitzer Arts Foundation's Tadao Ando designed building by Samuel Maul and Luke Arens.

Mixed and Mastered by Nicolas Tipp in Los Angeles, CA.

This project was commissioned by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for their Press Play Festival 2015.


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Chris Kallmyer Los Angeles, California

Chris Kallmyer is an artist that works with sound and spaces. His work explores a participatory approach to making music through touch, taste, and process using everyday objects to point to who we are and where we live. He has presented work in a wide variety of contexts, including the Walker Art Center, Hammer Museum, Getty Center, LACMA, Disney Hall, and MCA Denver, among others. ... more

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