MMNY’s 2nd Annual Sousapalooza

 

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For the secjackiesond straight year, Make Music NY is proud to present Sousapalooza, a massive, brassy tribute to the March King in 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 ChicagoMake Music Cleveland, and Make Music Twin Cities in throwing Sousapalooza fêtes on June 21st.sousa_jeffwball 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.)

 

Repertoire (click each title to find your part)
El Capitan
Fairest of the Fair
Hands Across the Sea
Liberty Bell March
Rolling Thunder
Semper Fidelis
Stars & Stripes Forever
The Thunderer
Washington Post March

Sign up below today to participate!

(Questions? Email Dave Ruder at dave@makemusicday.org.)

Sousapalooza 2016
Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Bryant Park Upper Terrace (
between 40th & 42nd St, due west of the NYPL Main Branch)

5:00pm
performers arrive and set up
5:30-6:30pm Sousapalooza Performance

Sign up here!

Play world music? Get your MMNY performance in a globalFEST guide!

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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 gabrielle@makemusicny.org to submit your performance for selection!

Claim your park for MMNY 2016!

Always wanted to host a concert in a park for Make Music New York? This is your chance!

Our permits for parks have been approved for Make Music New York this year — and we want YOU to have one! What does this mean? It means that you get to program music in that park for June 21 (including your own ensemble, friends, or musicians you choose from our matchmaking website), and in return, you agree to be present in the park for the entire length of the concert. It’s easy and it’s free.

A few rules to know when planning a park concert: 

  • No more than four hours of amplified sound will be allowed per location per day.
  • Vending is not allowed.
  • Stages and commercial (sponsorship) signage are not allowed.
  • It is not legal to drive vehicles onto park property.
  • MMNY cannot arrange for access to electricity in New York City Parks. Be prepared to perform “unplugged” or to bring your own power source.

Please note that MMNY does not provide production for concerts on June 21. Otherwise, enjoy this unique opportunity to use the space, free of charge. What you do with it is up to you!

Choose your dream park from the full list below and email parks@makemusicny.org with your choice. We’ll confirm if it’s still available, and if so, give you instructions for next steps. Parks will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. And remember, registration ends April 29th – all concert arrangements must be finalized by this date.


Parks available for MMNY 2016:

* Parks that are crossed out have already been claimed and are not available

NOTE: ALL PARK CONCERTS MUST END BY 8PM 

In Manhattan

In Brooklyn 

In Queens

In the Bronx

On Staten Island

Don’t see the park you want? Email info@makemusicny.org and we’ll try to figure something out!

“Making Music” on WBAI

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Starting Friday, March 11th, MMNY teams up with WBAI on a new radio program exploring the public and hidden lives of music makers and presenters through intimate conversation, choice musical selection and informative regular segments with Make Music New York staff and partners.

Visit the show page and stay tuned for show updates and all of the exciting developments in this new partnership! Hosted by musician & Make Music New York Deputy Director Jordan McLean. Upcoming guests include Brian Chase and Sxip Shirey!

Get Ready for Porch Stomp 2016!

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C’mon out to Governors Island on Saturday, June 18th for an afternoon of hootin’ and hollerin’!

Porch Stomp celebrates the beginning of summer in New York City with an afternoon of folk, Americana, bluegrass and roots music on Governors Island. Musicians of all ages, both amateur and professional, enliven the porches of Nolan Park, while audience members stroll through grassy walkways, enjoying beautiful weather and sweet sounds echoing from every corner. Porch Stomp aims to bring together all of the diverse folk communities in New York City.

The festival also offers all-inclusive jams and educational opportunities for folks learning to play music. Got an instrument? Bring your banjo/ fiddle/ bass/guitar/ uke/ washboard/ cowbell and join the fun!

We are happy to already be able to include Brooklyn Bluegrass CollectiveThe City StompersBrookladelphiaCowgirl Seahorse, and several other musical communities among our partners for Porch Stomp 2016. Want to get involved? Email mmnyporchstomp@gmail.com

Porch Stomp is already starting to fundraise in order to cover operations costs and make this year more fabulous than ever. We will host a fundraising event at The Haylaught (founder Nick Horner’s loft apartment) on Tuesday, March 8th. It will feature food, booze, and a sweet musical serenade from some of our very favorite folk musicians and Porch Stomp alumni, including  TanbarkBarry Lee Komitor, and Toni and Jeri. Everything is “suggested donation,” and the evening is bound to default into a fun jam session, so be sure to bring your instruments. See the Facebook Event for details!

Donate to Porch Stomp 2016

If you would like to donate today to Porch Stomp 2016, click the button above to give via PayPal. Make Music New York Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Throw a Block Party for MMNY 2016!

Each year for Make Music New York, dozens of community groups have put together musical block parties, bringing their neighbors together for Cuban jazz, electronic Gameboy music, indie rock, steel pans, hip hop, and string orchestras in streets across the city.

This year, why not your block?

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Warper Party / Silent Barn block party in Bushwick

To help you throw a party on your street, we’ve put together a helpful handbook. Download it here:

Make Music New York Block Party Handbook [pdf]

Block party applications are due by March 21st to be considered for an event in June. If you’re interested in having a block party, read the handbook and contact jordan@makemusicny.org to get started.

Make Music New York welcomes our new Fellows

We are very happy and fortunate to have two such smart and motivated Fellows on board for Make Music New York 2016.

Thanks for joining us Gabrielle and Stephanie!

Composer Ravi Kittappa talks about MMW’s Decantations

New this year for Make Music Winter is composer Ravi Kittappa‘s piece Decantations.  Kittappa wrote this piece as part of a call for scores for Make Music New York several years ago, and while the piece has not been performed in NYC, it has been successfully produced three times around the Midwest.  On December 21st, it will at last make its New York premiere.  MMNY’s Dave Ruder sat down last week to talk with Kittappa and pianist Karl Larson, who is helping organize this performance, about sruti boxes (instruments from India that create drones), Astoria, and the evolution of this piece:

Dave Ruder:  Could you start by saying a little bit about Decantations and how it came about with that call for scores for the first Make Music Winter?

Ravi Kittappa:  Well so this piece is Decantations III, the other two pieces, I and II. The first one I did as a piece at Bang on a Can Summer Institute Festival and Karl played on that piece, actually. The inspiration for the idea of the Decantations is the instrument, the sruti box. Basically my experience was in India, seeing this instrument that I find very beautiful – simple drones from these reeds – used in a bunch of different contexts. It can be used as kind of a substitute for a tambura with improvising musicians, but it’s also used in contexts that are more religious or spiritual. And Decantations means, it’s a reference to chanting. A lot of places where I would see this instrument used was in the context of chanting. And specifically in India I would see children, for example, chanting 128 names for a Hindu God, in a language they don’t understand, without being able to read, and this is really just indoctrination. And so I wanted to free this instrument from that kind of context. For me I think these drones, they open your ears up, you know, you listen to all the sounds around. And I think in Decantations III particularly, it really opens your ears up because you’re listening to everything around and the way that the sounds meld, and you really get into this kind of meditative state which is kind of ironic with the anti-chant kind of idea, but –

DR:  It’s non-denomenational?

RK:  Yeah yeah exactly!

Karl Larson:  Yeah secular meditation.

RK:  Secular meditation, indeed. So there’s a certain brainwashing effect of chanting, sort of indoctrinating people. And I see it in the United States where people are chanting Sanskrit, and have no idea what they’re saying. And so I want people to be able to enter into that drone and explore those sounds, and the sound-world that it’s part of, which happens in Carnatic music for example where you’re just improvising over the background. I want to go into that background. (more…)

Volunteer for Make Music Winter 12/21

The winter solstice is nearing and Make Music New York needs your help for our twelve winter parades!

We need:

• Parade marshals to walk in front of the musicians and help direct traffic. Marshals must arrive at least 15 minutes in advance, and stay the whole time.

• Photographers and videographers to capture footage of each event, and share it with Make Music New York by December 23rd.

You may be asked for some more general help in distribution of materials, logistics, etc. depending on the needs of the event.

Click here to sign up for one of these very special happenings!

Introducing our new Deputy Director

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.

 

photo by John Shore

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