Chris Jordan’s Exhibit “Running the Numbers” often shows how much Americans waste in the United States. Jordan’s artwork encourages people to practice environmentally friendly behavior. The Jordan Schnitzer followed this message and the opening of “Running the Numbers” was an environmentally friendly event. The J-Shnitz showed this by using compostable cups, using stationary bicycles to power the amps in the lobby, and even booked a band that was environmentally friendly because their instruments are made entirely from found materials.
The band was Free Pile Circus, a three-piece band mixed with an amateur circus act. The creators of Free Pile Circus are father and daughter who use instruments and props, which were found for free, mostly from “free piles.” This show was their first official booking.
The act consistited of Kris “Cirk” Manaois playing bass. Manaois’ 7-year old daughter Nalua “Peeko” Manaois joined with the band not only playing whatever percussion instrument she felt like, but also performing circus acts that included balancing herself one-footed on her father’s shoulder and catching juggling balls that he launched off his foot while still on his shoulder.
The other member of Free Pile Circus was Sam “The Mule” McLarty who played percussion on an empty plastic water cooler and used a more formally constructed hand drum that was not found from a free pile, but found from a downed tree that termites hollowed out and was cut to form into a drum. McLarty said he has played drums for 20 years.
Manois said he studied traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian instruments ever since he was a child. He added that he is a “free pile junkie and somewhat of a pack-rat,” which led to the creation of Free Pile Circus.