On June 21st, MMNY joined forces with Found Sound Nation for the first Street Studio City: twelve mobile recording studios placed on sidewalks from Corona to Hunts Point to Fort Greene, run by a team of local producers/DJs/engineers – including the legendary DJ Jazzy Jay, Joro Boro, Samita Sinha, and many many more.
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!
(Many thanks to Street Studio City’s awesome sponsors: NAMM, HARMAN, Boston Consulting Group, and Ableton!)
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 Music and Jazz at Lincoln Center to 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.
The 2015 MMNY program has arrived, illustrated by Irene Rinaldi and printed by our partners at Metro New York! More than 1,200 concerts are listed across 50 neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs.
Thousands of programs have been distributed to MMNY venues throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens — stop in and pick one up! Or visit one of these hubs to pick up a stack to distribute yourself.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place)
Urban Garden Center, 1640 Park Avenue (at E. 116th Street)
Queens Wines & Liquors, 59-03 71st Avenue (Ridgewood)
Grand Street BID, 246 Graham Avenue (Williamsburg)
Amancay’s Diner, 2 Knickerbocker Ave (Bushwick)
MMNY Office, 33 Flatbush Avenue at Livingston (Downtown Brooklyn)
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.
MMNY has launched a crowd-funding campaign to support the project. Click here to learn more and to join the campaign!
Love to improvise? Feeling adventurous?
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.
Click the links below to sign up!
Exquisite Corpses with Andrew Livingston at New York City Marble Cemetery
Exquisite Corpses with Matana Roberts at Abe Lebewohl Park/ St Mark’s Church
Exquisite Corpses with Marie Incontrera at Trinity Church
Exquisite Corpses with David Rothenberg at Madison Square Park
Exquisite Corpses with Darnell Jay Starkes of JazzMobile at Grant’s Tomb
Exquisite Corpses with Jazz at Lincoln Center musicians at Woodlawn Cemetery
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.
Need power for your June 21 concert, but not sure how to source it outdoors, or don’t want to deal with lots of extra expensive equipment? Here are three alternatives!
Trying to set up an outdoor show for MMNY but you don’t have a generator? Here’s how to use a car battery and a power inverter as a portable generator:
Trying to set up an outdoor show for MMNY but need a PA system for your backing tracks? Here’s how to make a paper amplifier for your iPhone:
And, if you’re setting up on your front stoop, and worried about being heard, how about making an old fashioned megaphone?
Building on last year’s performance of Berlioz’s Symphonie Funèbre et Triomphale in Bryant Park, which brought together hundreds of brass, wind, and percussion players from NYC and beyond, Make Music NY is proud to present New York’s first Sousapalooza! We’ll be running through all the best-loved marches and fanfares by The March King himself, John Philip Sousa. We want you to join in the fun!
Our sister organization Make Music Chicago has thrown similar solstice Sousa celebrations for a few years now, and we’re happy to join them in making merry with marches.
Conductor Jeff W. Ball of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony will return to lead the ensemble, and we’ll be re-uniting many of the participating groups from last year. Be sure to sign up today with returning or first-time groups. The more instruments we can assemble the merrier we’ll all be!
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.)
Just sign up below!
(Questions? Email Dave Ruder at email@example.com.)
Sousapalooza Schedule for Sunday, June 21st, 2015
11am-12:30pm Rehearsal in the park (note that this rehearsal is not mandatory and all performers are responsible for practicing their parts ahead of time as our rehearsal time on the day of the concert is very limited)
12:30-2:00pm Break (instruments and cases may remain in the park and will be supervised while performers are on break)
2:00-4:00pm Brass & percussion music presented by HONK NYC!
4:00-5:00pm Sousapalooza Performance
Sign up here!