Circuit-Bending Duo Arrives at Erie Art Museum

Erie, PA, July 10, 2008 --( Minneapolis based duo Beatrix JAR returns to the Erie Art Museum, offering interactive events throughout the week beginning July 29, 2008 thru August 2, 2008. At each event, Beatrix JAR will present their unique stylings, including their most noted use of circuit bending verse traditional instrumental usage.

Beatrix JAR—which is Bianca Pettis and Jacob Aaron Roske—is known for avoiding traditional instruments, instead revitalizes a wide array of old kids’ toys, cheap keyboards, and other sound emitting devices creating a process known as “circuit-bending”. According to Roske, “Circuit-bending is a do-it-yourself sound art which allows you to discover new hidden organic sounds in battery-powered electronic toys recycled from homes, thrift stores, second hand shops and garage sales.” Below is a detailed listing of events.

Circuit Bending Workshop
Beatrix JAR will conduct a week of workshops for children ages 12 to 18 years old at the Erie Art Museum, 411 State Street, daily from Tuesday, July 29 thru Friday, August 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants will learn how to make electronic sound collages and “hot wire” old toys to make new sounds. Upon completion of the workshop students will perform with Beatrix JAR at the Erie Art Museum Blues and Jazz Festival on Saturday August 2, 2008 at 12 p.m. Cost for the workshop is $20 per participant and attendance of all five workshops is mandatory. For registration contact Stephanie Campbell at the Erie Art Museum 814-459-5477.

Mid-Day Art Break Performance
The public can catch Beatrix JAR in a mini-performance at 12 p.m. during the Erie Art Museum’s Mid-Day Art Break on Wednesday July 30,2008 outside the Museum’s Main Gallery. The duo will be perform a hybrid blend of experimental electronic music using solely the innards of electronic devises for their sound.

Free Interactive Concert
Beatrix JAR will be holding a Free interactive concert for school age children on Thursday July 31, 2008. The concert will be held at the Museum’s Annex Gallery at 423 State Street from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The concert will highlight the duo’s creative, electronic blend of music and offer children an opportunity to learn more about what they refer to as circuit bending. Afterwards, children are encouraged to explore the Museum’s galleries at no charge. Each gallery will include a Museum staff member that will assist with any questions. For reservations, contact Tiffany Stanonik at the Erie Art Museum 814-459-5477 or email at

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche