New Courtyard Entrance and Living Wall Garden to provide “Green” Accent to Festival -- Installation Starts Today –Living Wall Goes up Thursday!

June 8, 2010

Rochester, NY June 8, 2010 –This year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will feature a new courtyard entrance to the Verizon Wireless Big Tent complete with a living wall garden, and tables and benches for enjoying food and relaxing.

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) presented by M&T Bank, starts Friday June 11. Jeff Beck, Gladys Knight, Keb Mo, Herbie Hancock, John Pizzarelli, and Bernie Williams will headline the nine-day event, which runs through June 19. More than 1,000 musicians representing 15 countries will make Rochester their destination as they perform in more than 250 concerts including more than 60 free shows.

The courtyard garden, created by Waterford Tilling, is called Sustainable with Jazz - “A New Environment with Music.” It was designed by Pietro Furgiuele, Landscape Designer and President of Waterford Tilling. Installation of the garden, with stone walkways, flowers, plants and a living green wall starts today, with the living wall installation slated for Thursday.

This area outside the Verizon Wireless Big Tent is accessible to anyone attending the festival. No tickets are required to see and enjoy the Courtyard Garden and purchase food area. Tickets or a Club Pass are required to access concerts inside the Festival Tent.

“Sustaining with Jazz is an exploration of the inherent relationship between music and the landscape,” says Furgiuele. “In creating a landscape or music, the artist must compose. When it comes together, beauty is created. Like a great musician playing from the soul, so too does the designer caresses the landscape canvas.”

“The green wall is a true work of art, science and engineering,” added Furgiuele. “While the plants offer a beautiful sight, they also are functioning. The best part though, is that it’s fully reusable. Either the components of the display or the whole exhibit, could find a permanent home.”

“The Green Wall is living and will grow and change. It absorbs sound, transpires oxygen, cools the immediate area and can be a heat shield to a building. It can filtrate storm water and properly designed storm water can be filtered through the wall.”

About Pietro Furgiuele

Pietro Furgiuele was born and raised in the Rochester, NY area. Pietro received his B.S. in Horticulture and Landscape Design from Colorado State University. As a classically trained Landscape Designer, Pietro’s work is in an ever evolving state. Previous noteworthy commissions included the 2000 and 2002 RPO Symphony Showhouses, the Dominic Parrone bocce court at Nazareth College along with numerous private residential commissions.

In 2008 and 2009, Pietro and his design/build firm Waterford Tilling were awarded Best In Show at the highly acclaimed Rochester Flower Show. His 2008 installation titled “ReCycle, ReThink, REGARDEN” went on to garner the attention from the USEPA. This exhibit featured a green wall, an arbor made from recycled pallets and all natural or reclaimed materials. Furgiuele and Waterford Tilling again won Best In Show at the 2009 Flower Show with their exhibit titled “Deconstructing Eden.”

Most recently, Pietro is drawn to sustainable and environmentally efficient methods to revitalize the downtown Rochester area. His newest projects are seeking to collaborate with the arts community, landscape colleagues, city residents and create an outdoor art exhibit on vacant land.

XRIJF Sponsors

Xerox, City of Rochester, M&T Bank, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, the Democrat and Chronicle, Eastman School of Music, Rochester Plaza Hotel, Brooklyn Brewery, Michelob, Spaten Beer, Verizon Wireless, The Community Foundation, 13WHAM TV, Rochester General Health System, Visit Rochester, Mercury Print Productions, SUNY Brockport, ADMAR, Presentation Source, AirTran, DownBeat Magazine, Constellation, Max of Eastman Place, House of Guitars, MidTown Athletic Club. 

About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) 
The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. The 2009 Festival drew more than 133,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform.