A massive igloo can be seen at the Spiegelgarden at the intersection of Main Street and Gibbs Street in Rochester.
It’s home to a three dimensional sound experience called the Immersive Igloo. Creator Tom Montagliano has returned to his Rochester roots for performances in the massive structure as part of this year’s Rochester Fringe Festival. He discussed the igloo and his vision for it Friday during News 8 at Noon.
“The Immersive Igloo itself is a 40 foot inflatable dome, igloo,” explained Montagliano. “Basically, it’s a container for these 360 sound scapes that I’ve created, that I’ve been working on over the past few years. It’s a really magical experience that I’m really happy to bring to Rochester, finally. I’ve been sort of in New York for a while developing this idea and working on it in a Brooklyn basement, and it’s matured to the point where I’m really to see it come full circle because I have my roots here in Rochester.”
Montagliano said when you walk into the Immersive Igloo you will be greeted by a large field of light. “You know, it’s really pretty, how the igloo the lights up, and you’ll see a circle of chairs. All of the chairs are facing each other. It’s a lot different than a normal performance where you have the performer and the audience. Everyone is sort of facing the center. The music is coming at you. You’ve got eight speakers coming at you. It’s ethereal. There’s no one performer. You basically find a seat in the middle and I’ll take you on a journey through a bunch of different sound scapes.”
The music helps facilitate a journey, but is not intended to lead you. “It’s important that the music is a little bit more neutral with the sounds that you play,” Montagliano said. “A lot of people go into 360 sound things and think they’re going to hear waterfalls or, I don’t know, all sorts of different types of things that you might find in an environment that they’re trying to recreate. This is different than that. What I’m trying to do is I try to create more neutral sounds, sounds that maybe you might not immediately identify with so that what you come into is basically like it’s an empty canvass. It’s an opportunity for you to paint onto, to project onto, and to sort of work through whatever you need to work through or go on whatever journey your mind would like to take you on at that time, and I’ve found that’s been largely how people are receiving it. I’ve been traveling the whole country. I just got back from a two month tour. Happy to land in my, I still call Rochester my home, and it’s been really well accepted. I feel like it’s tuned in. I’m ready to bring it home and I hope people come out and check it out!”
Performances are through September 23 as follows:
Friday, September 15 at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 16 at 9:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 17 at 8:30 p.m.
Monday, September 18 at 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 19 at 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 20 at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, September 22 at 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 at 10:30 p.m.
Tickets are $16. You can get them online, and find more information about the Rochester Fringe, click here.