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!
Other Mass Appeals:
- Accordion – Carroll Park, 6pm
- Bagpipes – Court Square Park, 12pm
- Cymbals – Madison Square Park, 3:30pm
- Double Reeds (bassoons & oboes) – Bleecker Park, 6pm
- French Horns – 601 Lexington Ave, 6pm
- Guitars – Union Square, 5pm
- Harmonicas – Central Park Dana Discovery Center, 6pm
- Mandolins – Theodore Roosevelt Park, 7pm
- Modular Synthesizers – CultureHub, 5pm
- Music Boxes – WNYC Transmitter Park, 6:30pm
- Percussion – DUMBO Archway, 8:30pm
- Pianos – Cornelia Street Café, 1pm
- Recorders – Straus Park, 7pm
- Stones – Prospect Park, 11am
- Ukulele – Central Park Dairy Lawn, 5pm
- Voice – Sakura Park, 5pm; The High Line, 8:15pm
Other Participatory Projects:
- Boleros – Maria Hernandez Park, 12pm
- Eye of the Tiger – Staten Island Yankees Stadium, 7pm
- Free Guitar Lessons – Times Square, 1pm
- Make(r) Music New York – Brooklyn Public Library Main Branch, 4pm
- Sousapalooza – Bryant Park, 5:30pm
- Street Studios – various locations
If you’ve got questions on these events or want to participate, contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org