Multimedia ‘Miracle’ collaboration between Connecticut musicians and N.C. artist at NEST Arts Factory

Bridgeport singer Meredith DiMenna is no stranger to collaborations, having worked with myriad different bands and musicians over the course of her music career.

Now, she can count a painter among her creative partners.

DiMenna, along with North Carolina-based visual artist Phil Cheney and Connecticut musician Emil Nomel, will debut a multimedia project that features a large-scale painting, song and music video at the NEST Art Factory this weekend.

The event is part of the Bridgeport Art Trail, which takes place Thusday through Sunday, Nov. 7-10 throughout Downtown Bridgeport. The trio will perform the song during the NEST’s music program on Saturday, Nov. 9, 4-6 p.m.

“The Earliest Days of The Miracle Wave” features a colorful 17-by-10 foot mural Cheney created specifically for the project, along with a song produced by Nomel featuring performances from all three collaborators, and a video of the process of making the painting and recording the song, filmed and edited by DiMenna. The mural will be displayed outside the NEST building.

“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to convey how many mini miracles occurred to pull this together,” DiMenna said of the project.

The genesis for the collaboration came during a birthday party for John Torres (DiMenna’s bandmate in the Bridgeport folk duo, Oh, Cassius!) in Easton earlier this year. After meeting and sparking up a friendship during the festivities, DiMenna and Nomel traveled to Asheville, N.C. to stay with Cheney.

“Sometime during the visit I said, ‘I have a huge wall and you should come up here and do a piece and I’ll film it,'” DiMenna recalled. “It was basically in a party atmosphere, but Phil followed up and here we are!”

Check out the trailer for “The Earliest Days of the Miracle Wave,” below:

Scott Gargan