Tune our Lips to Sing Quartet founder, Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg, is a sound artist and shape note singer whose work explores the intersections of personal narrative, communication networks, and history as embedded in place. His work encompasses installation, music for live performance, tunebooks, web design, audio tours, and works for radio. His current work investigates the history and practice of American shape note singing and the social and religious movements of nineteenth-century upstate New York.
The Quartet performed twice on Thursday, September 14, on the opening day of the Conflux Festival. At noon our Quartet (minus Greg, who has a real job) braved the rain and cris-crossed Williamsburg for two hours, singing up and down Metropolitan, Bedford, Roebling, and Driggs.
At 6 PM, the full Quartet sang until the sun went down, starting on Roebling and singing our way to Havemeyer, then along North 6th back to Bedford.
We took a group picture at each stop and recorded each song. These recordings are sadly in limbo, but may be posted at some point in the future. Contact Jesse if you'd like to be notified when the recordings are put online.