American Idle snoozes into spring, but blasts awake with the New X Art Ensemble




Winona, Minnesota – “Relax… Do Less… Save the Planet… It’s not easy,” so says Billy X. Curmano – as American Idle – in the “The 24-hour Worldwide Rolling Nap”. This, his latest multi-layered performance and environmental statement calls for a paradigm shift to a slower pace. Curmano will attempt to bed down March 19th at 7:33 a.m. Central Daylight Savings Time and awaken with the 2015 Spring Dawn – 7:33 a.m. March 20th.

Naps are personal, but the “How Do You Sleep?” installation will be open for visitation March 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. and a reception will feature Billy X. Curmano with the New X Art Ensemble 7 to 9 p.m. March 20th. Steve Smith, D.L. Hunt, Kelly Coyle and Ian Smith will join him on saxophone, french horn, guitar and drums in a free jazz summit. Curmano’s “Billy X: Solo Set” won an experimental album award from Just Plain Folks and he has frequently appeared with the New X jazz ensemble since their first CD, “New X: Trios & Duets”. All activities are at the Witoka Contemporary, 27979 County Road 17, Winona, MN USA.

The elaborate “How Do You Sleep?” installation demonstrates just how hard the artist finds slowing down. It includes a Bed of Nails with a Pillow and Blanket of Tiny Tacks. The red steel frame bed has 2,395 galvanized steel 3 inch roofing nails, the canvas blanket 2,766 galvanized steel half inch cut tacks and the pillow boasts 640 black steel half inch cut tacks. Don’t ask about the Teddy Bear or Kevlar pajamas.

Other extended performances from the award-winning artist have included a 40-day Death Valley Desert Fast, a 2,376.4-mile Mississippi River swim and thousands of miles touring on a Greyhound Bus. He’s posted a daily thought on climate disruption to the blog at  for the “InClimate Project” under the auspices of Franklin Furnace (NY) since January 1, 2013.

Humans probably do the least damage to the environment when they sleep, but modern society knocks out naps, siestas and free time in exchange for dwindling rewards. If everyone worldwide turned off for just an hour each day for a year, the energy savings could be as much as 623,292,349.6 kWh.

His napping body stays put, but the hours roll around the globe. The Rolling Nap Manifesto at invites visitors to join the movement with their own idle stories and images or simply by taking a nap.

For inquiries, please contact

Billy X. Curmano
Phone: 507.452.1598 or 507.279.4681

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