I spent a whirlwind 4 days on a work trip getting a behind the scenes tour of the incredible EMP Museum in Seattle and seeing the collection of the exhibition project I’m working on at Calgary’s National Music Centre. Sonic inspiration abounded!!
And if, like me, you find yourself with only a few hours of leisure in these two cities, here are some worthy spots to spend it in.
Seattle: Drinking coffee at Bedlam // Eating oysters and market catch near Pike Place at Cutter’s or Steelhead // Having beers in the old mortuary, the Pine Box.
Calgary: Having some over the top meat treats at The Palomino which is also a cool spot for live music // Eating your fill of the infamous Tubby Dogs surrounded by old-timey arcades // Enjoying a post card view of Calgary complete with mountain back drop on top of McHugh Bluff.
Welcome to Seattle
Minoru Yamasaki’s Pacific Science Center arches
Frank Gehry’s EMP building
All crinkled aluminum and steel ribs
The EMP structure equally loved & hated by Seattle residents reflects mesmerizing shades at sundown
Gehry purchased several electric guitars, sliced them into pieces, and used them as building blocks for the building’s model design
By happenstance we stumbled upon Northwest Folklife music festival, curiously also reflecting EMP’s fuscia shades
Four flights in four days
Calgary’s National Music Centre instrument collection
The dawn of electro was complicated
More knobs than you could twist in a lifetime
The new NMC building ‘before’ shot