The Traveling Salesman of Magical Instruments?

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]n honest traveling salesman? Musical instruments built from discarded parts of lesser instruments that no one, not even the salesman, know how to play? A sleight of hand of a show that remind us of the gypsies in One Hundred Years of Solitude?

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This summer, artist and recent Mason graduate Raymond Baccari brings his senior project to Doah Fest.At the core of this body of work, Ray has developed a set of nontraditional instruments, consisting of prefabricated and custom fabricated parts. There is no proper way to use any of these instruments. The intent is to facility a playfulness between the audience and the instruments in an embodied conversation between the two.
Raymond then engages the audience as a Vaudeville street performance of the late 19th century and the caricature of the traveling salesman.

Inspired by elements found in Vaudeville performances and the Neo-Dada’s approach, the goal is clear: the artist begins a process then handles it off to the audience to finish, creating an environment where the lines between reality and performance, artists and audience, possible and impossible, become indistinguishable.
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