The Jazz Furnace @ Carrie Blast Furnace

On October 12th, 2013, The Pillow Project proudly presents The Jazz Furnace – An epic one-day performance event at The Carrie Blast Furnace site in Rankin/Swissvale, PA. The day will combine improvisational freejazz dance, large-scale video projections, live music and ongoing multimedia installations in a hauntingly vast location.

The Pillow Project's vision is to reflect both Pittsburgh’s iconic steel heritage and its new exciting artistic renaissance. In partnership with The Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, The Pillow Project is igniting a new kind of fire in the historical Carrie Blast Furnaces, connecting Pittsburgh’s industrial past with some of their newly forged ideas in Pittsburgh jazz.


See Carrie in a whole new light. Join us for an evening that will Include several full-length performances, video improvisations and multimedia installations by The Pillow Project. Joined by the live music of Chaibaba and Blue RedShift, this night will stretch the corners of jazz.

$15 general admission $10 student


Carrie Furnaces, Rankin, PA 15218


The Carrie Furnace site is located in Rankin Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh along the Monongahela River. Off of the Rankin Bridge, the abandoned river side houses 2 remaining furnaces from the Homestead Steel Works. You can find other elements of Homestead Steel Works in the Waterfront area located across the river.

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  • Mita

    This event turned out to be pretty cool later in the evening. More people arrived and the dance piece was very interesting with a creative use of lighting. Overall a great idea of linking Pittsburgh's new art scene with it's historical past. But I would agree-it was a little bit scary getting there at night!

    October 13, 2013

  • Linda F.

    I didn't attend the evening performance but did go on the afternoon tour the Carrie Blast Furnace. It was absolutely amazing. The deterioration created fantastic forms and spaces. there were also performers, singing and playing instruments thru out the spaces. Very tricky to find; didn't want to try to make my way back at night.

    October 13, 2013

  • Rich B.

    Very interesting and dramatic venue, albeit a bit dusty, but the activity level was minimal and so was the crowd.

    October 12, 2013

  • Mita

    Hi everyone,

    There are eight of us who have RSVP'd to attend this event. I think that it might be difficult to find each other so I propose if anyone is interested in meeting beforehand that we meet at 6:30 at the new 61B Cafe on Braddock Ave in Regent Square. We can follow each other to Carrie Furnace from there. It's a pretty simple shot down Braddock Ave. If not at the Cafe we'll meet at Carrie Furnace. Update your preference or if you can't make it. I'll have a meet-up sign at both locations.

    October 11, 2013

    • Rich B.

      See u at the furnace. Don't forget the sign

      October 11, 2013

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