Storm damages 'Immersive Igloo' of Cincy Fringe performer

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Tom Montagliano recover from the loss of his 40-foot glowing inflatable igloo with eight speakers inside

Jun 2, 2018 at 4:49 pm
click to enlarge Inside the Immersive Igloo - PHOTO: Provided
PHOTO: Provided
Inside the Immersive Igloo

(Sunday morning editor's update: We've been told Montagliano was able to reinflate his storm-damaged igloo on Saturday and is now seeing if he can get the electronics working. If so, he might be able to resume Cincy Fringe performances. As a result, the urgency of the GoFundMe campaign has been reduced until people see if he can resume performances.)

Visiting artists at the Cincy Fringe on Saturday issued a press release to help one of their own, Tom Montagliano of Brooklyn,whose "Immersive Igloo" — a pop-up, 3D sound experience housed within a glowing, inflatable igloo — was heavily damaged Friday when an intense storm hit the parking lot adjacent to the Know Theatre on Jackson Street. It punctured the structure and left it unstable. His hand-crafted, electronic equipment was also damaged from the rain and wind, the press release said.

As a result, he has had to cancel his Cincinnati performances and may have to cancel others. His Igloo was a Fringe Special Event, with numerous special performances planned.

A GoFundMe  "Fringe Family Help: Tom Montagliano” campaign is asking for contributions from other Fringe festivals around the world, as well as from others. The goal is to raise $2,000 by the end of Cincy Fringe.

According to the press release, Montagliano is a "musician with over 12 years of engineering experience (who) combines his experimental and whimsical writing style along with his passion for developing software to create ambient, psychedelic soundscapes for multiple speaker arrays. (He) utilizes his degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology and has written his own software effects in order to control the movement of sound and provide people with a meticulously crafted auditory experience, while simultaneously affecting the senses and the soul."