Welcome to the Clark Street Bridge Percussion Orchestra Home Page

Thank you everyone who came out to hear Eric Roth's work for the Clark Street Bridge and to all who participated in the Clark Street Bridge Percussion Orchestra on Saturday, October 6, 2007. Your being there transformed a simple idea into a singular experience.Your photographs, recordings and kind words attest to your generosity.

Hear sound clips: Sample from Eric Roth's score: EricRoth2. Sample of improvisation by volunteer drummers: Improv1.


Robert Loerzel is an excellent photographer and writer who maintains a website called The Underground Bee. Check out his magnificent images of the event at : http://www.undergroundbee.com/2007/10/06bridge/index.htm

Eric Niu is a graduate student at The Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology working on his Master of Design degree. He has some great photographs of the event at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fatniu/1500284441/in/photostream/ Here are just a few:

Eric Roth and young percussionist

MC Hugh Musick

Jill Hollingsworth was in town from Colorado to run in the Chicago marathon. She made it to mile 16 before the race was cancelled due to the heat. She took a few pictures on her visit to the city. Thanks Jill.

Remi Mommsen is a high energy physicist doing research at CERN, SLAC and Fermi Lab. Here I thought I "high energy" physicist was one who just never tired, but according to his website his work is "focused on experimental hints of flaws in the very successful standard model and understanding of the roll of mass." He also produced some great photographs you can see below. You can view his entire collection at: http://gallery.mac.com/remi_dona#100036&view=grid&bgcolor=black&sel=24

Kennon Brown works for the Department of Cultural Affairs and is one of many people who played such a critical role in making the event go off without a hitch. Thank you. You can see her entire collection at: http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slideshow.jsp?Uc=j5nwxxq.b3s08y02&Uy=gh4kgz&Upost_signin=Slideshow.jsp%3Fmode%3Dfromshare&Ux=0&mode=fromshare&conn_speed=1

Mark Dawson was the first person to send photos to me. Mark's images do a beautiful job placing the bridge in the context of the surrounding architecture.






Images from Orientation Meeting 9/8/2007 courtesy of Polly Greathouse.

The Clark Street Bridge Percussion Orchestra is site-specific performance piece during which the bridge spanning the Chicago River at Clark Street and Wacker Drive will be played by musicians drumming portions of the bridge's steel structures adjacent to the sidewalk using percussion mallets, and rubber utility mallets. The orchestra will consist of between 60 and 80 percussionists playing on both sides of the bridge.   This work features original music created specifically for this one-time performance.  

The Clark Street Bridge Percussion Orchestra is being presented at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2007 in Chicago, Illinois by The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as part of its River Festival and Chicago Artists Month.

Clark Street Bridge Percussion Orchestra is an original work conceived by artist Hugh Musick with music by composer, Eric Roth.

We are actively soliciting drummers for the performance. You do not need to be a professional musician. Basic proficiency is all that is required. All participants will receive a DVD of the performance. Those interested in participating should contact Hugh Musick at hugh@hughmusick.com or via telephone at 773 505 7902.

Drummers signed up for the Clark Street Bridge Percussion Orchestra can find and download rehearsal tracks here. All questions relating to music should be directed to Eric Roth at erotheroth@gmail.com

Sound Files:

Track 1 Track 2 Track 3 Track 4 Track 6 Track 7 Track 8-Coda