Street musician and sound sculpture artist Barry Miller leads Molly Mattes (from left) Pamela Hinkle and Mollie Seigle in an impromptu jam in front of the Hay Building near Congress Square in Portland on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. Miller recently arrived in Portland after living in Vermont.
PORTLAND, Maine — Barry Miller makes music with strangers.
Set up in the shade of a tree on a spit of sidewalk between the Portland Museum of Art and Congress Square, the street musician and sound sculpture artist invites passers-by to pick up an instrument and play along wile he toots his saxophone.
There’s a bunch of percussion instruments to choose from including various shakers, drums and even a bell made from a cast aluminum cooking pot.
Several people stop to listen as his instant band plays a jazzy groove.