Archive for November, 2007

Live Performance – Video

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Here is a video from one of the live performances of the Chicago Complaints Choir at the MCA. This footage is not edited. The official video will be released soon. Stay tuned and check out the complaints choir website for an update.

The original draft for the lyrics that the choir came up with can be downloaded here.

Choir song was composed by Jeremy Jacobson who also conducted the choir. Choir members are: Lauren Abbott, Lauri Apple, Alec Allyn, Angela Allyn, Tess Allyn, Susan Babyk, David Banasiak, Doro Boehme, Cynthia Breckenridge, Lisa Buda, Sarah Burden, Christopher Cole, Sarah Croft, Isaac Csandl, Kristin DeCook, Nick Disabato, Richard Fox, Viktoria Gullo, Mia Horberg, Seana Huizenga, Lisa Jackson Mauceri, John Jines, Julie Johnson, Lizzie Johnson, Angela Just, Tellervo Kalleinen, Tero Kalleinen, Zephaniah Kibosh, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Amy Levin, Andrew Lyman, Margaret Lyons, Mary Mackay, Frank Mauceri, John Backus Mayes, Kari McLean, Anne Olson, Andrew Otto, Laurie J. Rich, Gabriela Rivas, Justin Sheehan, Verlena Simms, Summer Sparacin, Megan Sullivan, Libby Taggart, Kaylee Tock, Elif Tuzer, David Walke, Lisa Warshauer, Erin Watson, Sarah Weis, Marie Wohaldo. Check back for full credits. Thanks to everybody that made this possible.

The footage was shot by Andrew J Dryer and his crew. Be aware that this is raw footage. The edited version of the Chicago complaints choir video will be published soon.

Complaints Choir on CBS Sunday Morning

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

The Complaints Choir project is featured on CBS Sunday Morning, November 25. Correspondent Bill Geist covered the story and even contributed a complaint that is now a part of the Chicago Complaints Choir song.

Check here for local air times:

Some Press Coverage of the Chicago Choir

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

The Complaint Choir of Chicago received widespread press coverage. When Associated Press covered the event the story was picked up by papers and media outlets around the globe, such as New York Times, CNN International, Boston Globe, The West Australian, The South African Star and many others. Particularly I liked the news coverage on the Washington Post on their page C13. They run two news items. TODAYS NEWS: (1) Surgery in Space and (2) Griping in Harmony. It might have been just a coincidence, but if the complaints choir movement spreads at the current pace it won’t take long before we have the First International Space Station Complaints Choir. Reading now and then about the ISS I am sure they guys out there have lots to complain, just think of the astronaut diapers. If someone reads this blog entry who knows somebody in charge at the ISS, please let them know about this idea. Thanks.

Here some of the more earthly coverage:

Associated Press Story “Complaints in four-part harmony”
By Michael Tarm – Nov 4, 2007
This story went out on the wire and was used by many other papers.

Chicago Public Radio “Complaints Choir Gripes About Chicago”
Produced by Althea Legaspi on Friday, November 02, 2007
A re-run aired on NPR.

Chicago Tribune “Complaint choirs list their gripes, then sing that dismay away”
By Colleen Mastony, Tribune staff reporter, November 2, 2007
This article was one of the best researched articles on the Complaint Choir. Colleen came to 3 rehearsals, spoke with everybody, checked all web-resources. We were impressed by her commitment to get things right. This attitude has become very rare today. Yes, that is a complaint.

Daily Herald “Peeved? Provoked? Check out the Complaints Choir”

Daily Northwestern “Bones to pick – Complaints Choir makes U.S. debut”
by Senka Hadzimuratovic October 10, 2007

Sun-Times Story “Complaining choir singing the blues”
International phenomenon puts Chicagoans’ gripes to song on Saturday
By Andrew Herrmann, Staff Reporter, November 1, 2007

Time Out Chicago “The gripe stuff”
The Complaints Choir has local citizens bitching and moaning with gusto.
By Martina Sheehan, Issue 140 : November 1, 2007 – November 7, 2007

For a more comprehensive search check Google News.

First impressions of the Performances of the Chicago Choir

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007


Some impressions of the grandiose performances of the Complaints Choir on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 at various locations in Chicago. (All photos by Clare Britt)

Performances of the Chicago Complaints Choir

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

The choir will perform on November 3 at the Museum of Contemporary Art at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (check if seats are available) and at the Empty Bottle Club at 8 pm. On November 4 the Choir will perform on various locations in Chicago without prior notice. So watch out for a bunch of complainers on that day! For those that miss the choir on Saturday we can reveal that one of the surprise locations on Sunday 4th will be the Cloud Gate aka The Bean in the Millennium Park. Expected performance time is 4.15pm. See you.