Artist Spotlight: Travis Puntarelli – Singing Telegrams

Who are you and what do you do @ Artisan Alley?

Travis Puntarelli - Singing Telegrams

Travis Puntarelli – Singing Telegrams

My name is Travis Puntarelli and I do a variety of activities related to music including musical lessons, audio recording, and a singing telegram service. I like teaching young folks, old folks, and middle aged folks. I teach fiddle, guitar, composition, and song writing. I have a mobile studio setup that allows me to travel and do in house recordings.

I have been doing theatre and music in Bloomington for 15 years & also directed a puppet troupe.

Why singing telegrams?

My father had a singing telegram company called Mad Messenger in the 80’s & I’m excited to revive the tradition. I ♥ polling people from different vocations to collaborate on community art projects. Singing telegrams is a great platform for doing this.

Examples

  • An accordion player with a bottle of wine in an alley way @ 2am.
  • A string quartet under a bridge in the country.
  • A monkey who sings Italian arias.

Why did you get involved?

We saw the space and it looked interesting. We needed a space for some arts & crafts, recording, & Dungeons & Gragons (talk to me about this).

How can I get involved?

I am currently seeking people (especially string players) who want to learn, collaborate musically, & foster a creative culture in the Bloomington area. Email Travis at upfolktheband@gmail.com or visit his MADE studio at 222 W 2nd Street.

We are a rich and bustling creative environment where individual artistic pursuits come together into a collaborative and energizing space where creative ideas become a reality. We offer many different services, resources and spaces to creative entrepreneurs, as well as a diverse community of like-minded Bloomingtonians. Our artisan community features the Burl & Ingot Tool Library which provides tools and equipment for numerous artforms, creative art classes, a cowork lab with multiple computers with creative software and high-speed internet, the MADE Gift Shop which provides members 100% of sales in our handmade gift shop, the Dimensions Gallery: a venue that shows art from local and visiting artists, the Community Market: open to the public as a market for all types of vendors on the B-line trail, Open Studios: open spaces for the community to interact with local artisanas and makers, and volunteer Opportunities: an opportunity for individuals to learn and help us grow.

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