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This year, in honor of the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, Make Music New York presents And Death Shall Have No Dominion by composer Pete M. Wyer.
And Death Shall Have No Dominion is a participatory singing event for a synchronized headphone choir in honor of Dylan Thomas’s famous poem. Using an app that contains the accompaniment and synchronizes their mobile devices, participants set-off along 45-minute walking routes through lower Manhattan, singing the words of the renowned poet across the landscape of his final days.
The performers begin their walk individually on June 21 at 11:00 am, singing just one part. Little by little, as routes converge, the song is revealed in its fullness until eventually, everyone assembles together for a grand choral finale.
Participants are invited to reflect on Thomas’s words that famously declare triumph over death in the context of their own personal journey. Anyone can take part – it is unnecessary to read music or to have sung in a choir previously.
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And Death Shall Have No Dominion is conceived & composed by Pete M. Wyer, based on the poem by Dylan Thomas. App development by David Reeder. Recorded at the London Recording Studios (formerly Sarm East Studios) – Recording Engineer: Murillo Sguillaro; Music Consultant: Peter Wilkinson. Recording Artists – Soprano: Gweneth Jeffers; Alto: Hyacinth Nicholls; Tenor: Ed Hughes; Bass: Adam Green. Creative Producer: Maedhbh Mc Cullagh. Sponsorship & Outreach: Kathleen Wylane. Special thanks to Andy Horwitz and American Opera Projects. And Death Shall Have No Dominion is co-presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Make Music New York and Poets House as part of the River To River Festival 2014. The project has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the British Council.