Music Out Loud mosaic dedication - April 28, 2018

You are Invited!
Saturday April 28
Noon - 2 PM
Downtown Olympia

Music Out Loud is a project that posthumously honors musicians who have significantly contributed to music growth in the area or made a name for Olympia, through artistic design and music performances in downtown Olympia.

The first part of the project, three mosaics in downtown Olympia sidewalks, was recently completed. Designs by three local artists were fabricated and installed by Belarde Company, using a special process called LithoMosaic, which sets the mosaics directly into concrete. The artworks will be dedicated during Arts Walk with a walking tour on Saturday, April 28, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in downtown Olympia. The tour will begin at 4th Ave. and Chestnut St., and will continue to 5th Ave. and Capitol Way.

My mosaic, honoring Bert Wilson, will be dedicated after the mosaics honoring Steve Munger and Vern Eke. We expect to be at the site on 5th Avenue after 1 PM. More info: Thurston Talk

Bert Wilson – Mosaic design by Michele A. Burton
Location: NE Corner of 5th Ave & Capitol Way

  • World renowned saxophonist and composer with a 7 octave range and over 200 songs to his name.
  • Teacher for many world famous saxophonists to include Lenny Picket of Tower of Power and musical director of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Jeff Coffin of the Dave Mathews Band and Ernie Watts of the NBC orchestra.
  • Stricken by Polio when he was very young and was confined to a wheel chair his entire life. In spite of his disability, he created a concept on saxophone that placed him among the greats of the instrument.
  • Influence on the local music scene was profound. Some of the legends of Jazz would stop by Bert’s home to play and visit with him. Many musicians moved to Olympia to play with and learn from Bert. His group Rebirth, which was filled with Olympia musicians, had international acclaim for its recordings and performances.
  • His music continues to be heard in local venues.

Mosaic highlighting Bert Wilson's accomplishments as musician, composer, teacher and mentor.

detail of Bert Wilson Mosaic

the small saxophones represent the musicians Bert Wilson taught and inspired

flowing sheets of paper represent Bert Wilson's compositions

the rainbow theme is inspired by Bert Wilson's love of tie-dye
and his ability to extend the range of the saxophone by several octaves,
much like a prism transforms white light into a vast rainbow of color

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