As we move ever closer to Make Music Winter on Dec. 21st, we would like to point you to a trio of events that involve snaking through three distinct Manhattan settings.
Off The Afrobeaten Path is a bevy of handheld percussion, creating a web of West African derived rhythm, blazing a trail through Greenwich Village (and let us not forget to mention free Two Boots pizza at the end!).
Pilgrimage journeys along Riverside Park while carolers sing medieval melodies once sung along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, culminating with a visit inside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Prelude is a walking deconstruction of a Bach prelude, sung and played VERY VERY SLOWLY, carrying a bed of tones and texture from the east side of Central Park to the scenic and resonant Bethesda Fountain Plaza.
Whether you join one or more of these unique events or any of the others on our Winter Solstice schedule, we wish you a very happy, safe and healthy Solstice Season!
Be sure to tune into Making Music on WBAI 99.5 FM (or stream at wbai.org), Fridays at 2pm. Over the next 3 weeks we will focus on interviews and musical highlights with the artists of Make Music Winter 2016! This week, 12/2, will feature J.C King of Kalimbascope!
Created by composer J.C. King, this parade of the inviting sounds of the kalimba (an evolution of the African mbira) will embark upon a mile long walk of Lower Manhattan, coming to rest in the resonant chambers and archways of 1 Centre Street. The plucking of this handheld folk instrument is amplified by a rolling speaker, creating a gentle, reverberating soundscape as the sounds play off of buildings and other city structures. This will be the third annual Kalimbascope, having premiered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2014. All are encouraged to bring their own kalimbas (kalimbas will be available for the first 25 participants to borrow).
Meet-up: 4:00 pm, City Hall Park, Jacob Mould Fountain
Lastly, thanks so much to the wonderful people at Mommy Poppins (Get More Out of NYC with Kids) for featuring us in their December GoList of best things to do with your kids. We truly hope to see lots of little ones (with their parents hopefully) out there on the Winter Solstice!!
Stay tuned for updates on the Winter Solstice festivities here.
Inspired by last winter’s Alpine Echoes, this year’s event will draw on vocal traditions from Africa and its diaspora for a lively processional through the streets of DUMBO. The event will use a mix of call-and-response folk songs from across the African continent, spontaneous composition through the timeless method of “circlesinging”, and rhythm & movement to keep our bodies warm as we travel. Participants will gather in DUMBO at Old Fulton Plaza for our opening circle. We will then embark eastward on Water Street, pausing to sing under the resonant archway of the Manhattan Bridge, before arriving at 68 Jay St. Bar to continue the festivities. Please dress warmly and bring a water bottle. This event is for vocalists of all levels (including those who might not think of themselves as “singers”) and will be co-led by Jascha Hoffman and Onome.
Onome is a vocalist who uses writing, performance, music and other forms of creative expression as tools for consciousness expansion, self-discovery and empowerment. She is the artistic director for Lush Tongue, a project that uses vocal improvisation and an eclectic, globally multicultural repertoire of music from women composers. Onome is also a founding member of Sounding NYC, a monthly community singing series.
Jascha Hoffman is a singer, teacher and improviser who believes the voice holds a strong connection to the mind, body and heart. As an improviser, he has studied with masters such as Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon, and has taught adults and teens in the US and Brazil. Jascha is a founder of the Society for Spontaneous Singingand Sounding NYC, and is a member of the Moving Star, an group of improvising singers at Carnegie Hall. He lives in Brooklyn.
When & Where
Meet up: 4:00 pm Old Fulton Plaza (out front of the Shake Shack), Start time: 4:32 pm (sunset)
Make Music Winter2016 is on the horizon! For the sixth 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. One of our returning favorites is Flatfoot Flatbush, featuring Megan Downes, Nick Horner, and the Flatfoot Flatbush Band.
Have a little look right here, and stay tuned for all the details about how to participate, including the pre-parade workshop where you will learn the fundamental steps of this rhythmic Appalachian dance form and practice your moves with the Flat Foot Flatbush string band!
Our next solstice celebration is coming up on December 21st, set to be another all-day presentation of new musical events and some of our most popular Winter “parades” throughout the city.
Among those returning favorites will be Winterize, acclaimed baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert’s participatory version of Franz Schubert’s 1828 song cycle, Winterreise, hosted once again by Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Audience members provide the accompaniment using hand-held radios, as the original piano music (as performed by Timothy Long and reimagined by sound designer Jonathan Zalben) is broadcast via a portable radio transmitter. Winterize also features twenty-four illustrated German-to-English supertitles by Italian artist Irene Rinaldi.
Get in the mood by watching this fantastic documentation of the event, and be sure to stay tuned for details of time and meeting spot at the Brooklyn Botanic as the winter solstice approaches.
New York Times critic Zachary Woolfe has called Winterize “brave and, in all senses, chilling… an elegantly lean performance that would have been impressive in any context but was remarkable under these conditions… You have not truly experienced ‘Winterreise’ until you have stood three or four feet from the singer, his breath visible in the cold.”
We could not have asked for a lovelier day for our 10th anniversary festivities, starting with dawn concerts in Central Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, all the way through a gorgeous sunset at the High Line, with whole blocks transformed into stages, from Greenwich Village to Atlantic Avenue.
The fun continues tonight at National Sawdust as Street Studio City producers from around NY and across the globe premier their work of making tracks with members of the public as part of Make Music 2016!
We have been hearing great things from participants as well about their experiences on Tuesday. Thanks so much for the support and keep making music!!
“Just finished my three performances, feeling a glow. Thanks for doing this!”
“Hope you enjoyed the day! It was great here…Already heard from Lou at Brazen Head who said it went way beyond his expectations.”
– Karen Z.
“Thank you very much indeed for all you put into helping organize Make Music New York — and especially for the help and encouragement you gave me…My Classical Piano Recital was quite well attended (about 25 people, yet not more than four that I had notified personally), and seemed to be well appreciated.”
Musicians of New York City: there are still some wonderful venues left for concerts for June 21st. Many branches of the New York Public Library (Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan), as well as some branches of the Queens and Brooklyn Public Libraries, are hosting performances and are still looking for performers! Since libraries are natural “congregating places,” you’ll have a built-in audience for your show. And personally I can’t imagine a nicer way to spend a summer afternoon than playing outside of the City Island library (deep-fried scallops before and after, right?)
One-time only special offer, get it while it’s hot: even if you haven’t already signed up on our website, you can still sign up to perform at any of these libraries, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “Library.”
Below you will find a list of which libraries are available, and for what times:
Mass Appeals are signature feature of Make Music NY. They bring together large numbers of the same type of instrument in experiments of unique sonic exploration, community building, and fun! The full roster of Mass Appeals and participatory events is below, with information on how to sign up for a few particularly special ones.
Boleros is a celebration and confusion of one of the most despised and most famous pieces of 20th century music, Ravel’s “Bolero”. The participatory aspect of Boleros on June 21st involves two performances of the piece in Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick, one with a pick-up band of acoustic instruments, the other with a mix of electronic and acoustic instruments. You can find full info on Boleros, organized by Brian McCorkle of Panoply Performance Laboratory, here, or you can visit the Boleros facebook page to sign up for the 12pm (acoustic instruments only) and 4pm (acoustic or amplified instruments) performances of Ravel’s Bolero.
Here by Angélica Negrón
Inspired by microscopic images of sand and distant childhood memories, Here is a new piece by composer Angélica Negrón written for an indeterminate number of small music boxes. Here turns weaves together the threads of different music box tunes to create a haunting, uncanny sound mass. Players are welcome to bring their own music box or may use one of the boxes which will be generously supplied by Kikkerland. New techniques for playing with the sound of the music box will be introduced over the course of the performance, which is open to musicians and non-musicians alike. The event takes place in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, from 6:30-8pm on June 21st. Sign up to take part in Here today!
Circle Singing Workshop with Anaïs Maviel
Everybody sings! Every heart beats. Blending voices & rhythms has been an important platform to relate in many societies. The art of listening to our genuine voice, and to share it with others, is both a musical and communal activity. Vocalist/percussionist Anaïs Maviel invites you to join her in Sakura Park in northern Manhattan from 5-7pm on June 21st in a celebration of all voices. Participants will explore a wide repertoire of traditional songs and chants from various cultures and will learn about the body as a music instrument: voice & percussion. All levels and ages are welcome! Sign up to participate today!
For the second straight year, Make Music NY is proud to present Sousapalooza, a massive, brassy tribute to the March Kingin Bryant Park. We’ll be running through all the best-loved marches and fanfares by Philip Sousa and his contemporaries. Once again this year, you can join in the fun! MMNY is not alone in this celebration, joining our sister organizations Make Music Chicago, Make Music Cleveland, and Make Music Twin Cities in throwing Sousapalooza fêtes on June 21st. Conductor Jeff W. Ball of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony will return to lead the ensemble, and we welcome new players to take part along side returning players.
Whether you are a professional or amateur, an individual or a band director, a student or a teacher with your own private studio, we invite you and your colleagues to join us. Once you register, we will contact you to assign parts and confirm all details. (It goes without saying that, just like all Make Music events, there is no charge to participate.)
This year, our friends at globalFEST will be putting together their own “Guide to MMNY” to feature some great world music throughout the city on June 21st. Over the last decade, globalFEST has become one of the leading global music platforms in North America, growing from an acclaimed one-night festival into a full-service non-profit music organization.
This can be a great opportunity to have your Make Music performance included in more promotional materials and to get that much more exposure. If you play any type of music that originates outside of the US, register to perform here, and email email@example.com to submit your performance for selection!