Make Music NY would like to welcome Jordan McLean aboard as the organization’s Deputy Director.
Jordan is a New York native, perhaps familiar to you from his trumpet work with Antibalas, Iron and Wine, or the Roots.
You may have heard his work as a composer/arranger and Associate Music Director for the Broadway musical, FELA!, or on record, as a producer, or with the myriad of world renowned musicians with whom he has performed.
His compositions have been comissioned and performed by SIREN Baroque and Cadillac Moon Ensemble and his students from The New School have gone on to tour the world with punk bands and form opera companies.
It is this diversity of experience that we are excited to put to work in continuing and expanding MMNY’s rich history of participatory music making.
Make Music Winter2015 is less than three weeks away! For the fifth straight year, parades of musicians will form throughout the city on December 21st, celebrating the shortest day of the year by coming together in music. You can find out the what, where, and when of each event on the parade pages here, but in the mean time, we’re previewing each of the 12 parades in the coming weeks with short videos to give you a taste of what to expect on 12/21:
Each one invited people on the street to record a tune, spit a verse, tell a story, play an instrument, and create original pieces of music that reflect a particular neighborhood on that particular day.
Those tracks are now all available below. Enjoy… and see you on the streets next year!
Make Music New York has grown so big, it was inevitable that some music-making would spill over into the day before and late into the evening on June 21st!
MMNY Warm-Up Marathons
Saturday, June 20th, 8am to Sunday, June 21st, 8am: ComposersCollaborative Inc presents a free 24 hour marathon performance of Serious Immobilities, piano variations on Satie’s Vexations by Arthur Jarvinen and Randall Woolf, played by a dozen veteran MMNY performers on the Upper West Side. More info here.
Saturday, June 20th, 12:01am – 11:59pm: HarmoNYom and WKCR present the Ragas Live Festival with 24 hours of live Indian Classical Music performances broadcast over the radio, followed by their annual MMNY concert in Central Park. More info here.
MMNY After Parties on June 21st Three featured MMNY projects continue into the evening:
Street Studio City afterparty at the DUMBO Spot in Brooklyn (160 Water St, 7pm – 12am). More info here.
Gemini and Scorpio’s Summer Cacophony & Sousapalooza afterparty (Gowanus, Brooklyn, 7pm – 12pm). More info here.
Clavinova Piano Bar Sinatra Karaoke party (NYPL for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, 7pm – 9pm). More info here.
Make Music New York will take place on June 21st, rain or shine!
Although MMNY is fundamentally an outdoor event, in the case of rain, concerts may take place inside a building lobby or store front (a door or window may be opened so that the music is audible from the street). And some concerts planned for parks have arranged for alternate indoor locations.
Our performance map displays the rain plan for each location. This information was provided by each venue when they first signed up; if you are hosting a concert on June 21st, please log in to your account and update your profile if your plans change!
In the 1920s, an old parlor game inspired a method of incremental collaboration among visual artists and poets, which became known as exquisite corpse. We are excited to announce that on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 4PM ET, Make Music New York is joining NPR Musicand Jazz at Lincoln Centerto apply that same playful tradition to music in a public performance event that links the very roots of jazz to its thriving present.
Michael Mwenso, jazz vocalist and head of the After-Hours program at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, will gather with a group of talented musicians from the New York area for a performance at the Woodlawn Cemetery. The space holds special value to the jazz community as the resting place for some of its greats – W.C. Handy, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and many others. Joining Mwenso for the performance are trumpeters Alphonso Horne and Bruce Harris, saxophonist Tivon Pennicott, accordion and melodica player Chris Patishall, bass Russell Hall, drummer Evan Sherman, and vocalist Vuyo Sotashe – all regular performers at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
As is tradition at every NPR Music event for MMNY, willing area musicians (amateur, student or professional) are invited to perform at the event as well. After the initial “Exquisite Corpse” performance, the group from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola will invite members of the public to join in in a larger, free-form jam session. Artists who would like to participate should sign up in advance HERE, and plan to arrive at the Woodlawn Cemetery by 3:45 PM ET on the day of the event. The exquisite corpse-style improvisation happening at Woodlawn Cemetery will be documented by Jazz Night in America and released later this summer as part of NPR Music’s “Field Recording” series.
This group jazz performance is part of Make Music New York’s new “Exquisite Corpses” project, which will place musicians in six burial grounds across New York City to host improvisational performance sessions. It is the latest of NPR Music’s signature collaborations with MMNY.
One month from today, Make Music New York will expand Daniel Goode’s popular SoHo Gamelan Walk, a hit of Make Music Winter, into a Concerto for Buildings.
It will be unlike any other musical work in history.
On June 21, MMNY will shut down Greene Street in SoHo, where eight buildings have hollow, cast-iron facades that resonate when struck, for a 30-minute Concerto for Buildings — a new work for full orchestra and 24 percussionists using the buildings as instruments, with four separate movements by four composers: Paula Matthusen (winner of the 2014-2015 Rome Prize), Scott Wollshleger, Daniel Goode, and Elijah Valongo (a student-composer in Face The Music).
The gifted young musicians of Face the Music will form an orchestra in the middle of the street, along with members of Mantra Youth Percussion, in a performance led by Mantra Percussion uniting the sounds of the buildings with the music of the city.
Join us for Make Music New York’s newest endeavor, Exquisite Corpses!
For this year’s MMNY, Exquisite Corpses, a new series based on a Surrealist concept, will enliven six of New York’s burial grounds with chains of improvised musical conversations.
The idea is simple. On Sunday June 21, a respected New York improviser will host a gathering at each cemetery. He or she will start with (perhaps) a solo jazz saxophone improvisation, and after five minutes will be joined by a bluegrass violin player. After another five minutes playing together, the saxophonist will be seamlessly replaced by a Salsa percussionist, who will improvise for five minutes with the violinist, and so on for a continuous chain of cross-genre duets all afternoon, all stage- managed by the host artist.
Each Exquisite Corpse improvisation is transient, unrecorded, a memento mori. But through the chain of players, overlapping and succeeding each other, the music will go on and on.
Calling all violinists! Have you ever wanted to explore the world of klezmer? This summer you’ll have your chance to get your feet wet in the genre by playing with an acknowledged master of the form in a Mass Appeal for Klezmer Violins, led by Alicia Svigals.
Svigals has written a suite of tunes that will take players and listeners on a tour of the basic klezmer forms: horas, bulgars, freylekhs, and more. Playing the piece will start you on the path to the secrets of an authentic Yiddish playing style – the timbres and rhythmic feel, the modes and dance beats, slides, trills and krekhzn that make a violinist sound like a bonafide klezmer.
The performance will take place at the Joe’s Pub block party (on Astor Place and Lafayette) on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 3pm (the block party features other great acts and runs from 11am to 7pm). This performance will be part of Make Music New York 2015 and of KulturfestNYC, a festival presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene for their 100th anniversary season.
To sign up for the event, please fill out the form below. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.