PICA COMMISSION: Commissioned for the opening night of TBA:16, Fanfare: Birth > Rebirth is a celebration of new life. With each beginning comes an infinite amount of possibilities to change ideas, lives, and events. Commemorating the opening of PICA’s new home, 15 NE Hancock, the fanfare will be performed by an ensemble comprised of hundreds of local non-professional brass and woodwind players of all ages directed by Kelly Pratt. Within the piece, there will be several sections open to improvisation to reflect the shifting dynamics of the audience and ensemble.
Kelly Pratt is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. From 2006–12, he was a full-time member of indie-pop outfit Beirut, contributing arrangements, brass/woodwinds, and vocals. He has performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Coldplay, The War on Drugs, and Passion Pit. In 2012 and 2013, he collaborated with David Byrne and St. Vincent, providing arrangements for their album “Love this Giant”, as well as serving as arranger and musical director for their world tour. In 2015 he was the arranger and brass/woodwind player for Contemporary Color, a multimedia tour curated by Byrne featuring contemporary pop stars accompanied by color guards. Pratt is also the chief songwriter and vocalist of the band Bright Moments, whose debut NPR called “a wildly creative album, packed with energy.”