Saturday, June 21, 2014

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Bring your instrument and join one of 18 massive concerts!
Photo: NYC Guitar School

Photo: NYC Guitar School

Mass Appeal is back for a sixth year, bringing together hundreds of musicians to play pieces written for single types of instruments. From the rusty harmonica player to the professional harpist, all are welcome to join these epic events, all taking place outdoors on June 21st.

MMNY 2014 features eighteen Mass Appeals, open to all.

feat14_ma_sponsor_nammThanks to a new partnership with the NAMM Foundation, Mass Appeal events are also sprouting up all over the country, with over 100 gatherings for harmonica, ukulele, guitar, and percussion on Make Music Day!

We gratefully acknowledge national Mass Appeal partners for making this possible:

feat14_ma_sponsor_lmccIn New York, Mass Appeal is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Calling All Musicians


Accordions Photo

City Hall Park
1:00 – 8:00pm (Mass Appeal at 7:00)

For the third year in a row, NYC-based accordionist Melissa Elledge leads an all-accordion performance of “In C” (1964) by Terry Riley to celebrate the work’s 50th anniversary! This seminal minimalist work is comprised of 53 short melodic patterns, or cells, played in sequence. Individual players have the freedom to choose how many times to repeat each cell, resulting in spontaneous moments of unison and haunting counterpoint. Come early to hear solo, duo, and accordion quartet performances by Robert Duncan (1pm), Peter Flint (2pm), Doug Makofka (3pm), Brooke Watkins (4pm), and the Robert Duncan Accordion Quartet (5pm). The Mass Appeal begins at 7pm.

How to Join: Please email The ability to read intermediate-level sheet music is required.


Circuit Benders

Circuit Benders Photo

Firehouse Space, 246 Frost St (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Workshop at 4:00pm, performance at 6:00pm

This year at The Firehouse, MMNY merges with Hans Tammen’s Dark Circuits Festival featuring contemporary electronic music practices: circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, live coding and soldering, and more. This Mass Appeal event is for littleBits: tiny synthesizer modules connected via magnets for quick changes in the signal chain, fitting into a modular system for infinite combinations of audio experience.

How to Join: littleBits has generously donated 20 kits to create a massive piece of synthesizer music — just bring yourself (and your friends)! We are looking for about twenty players to take part in the workshop, get familiar with the synth & the piece, and then perform at 6pm. You HAVE to do the workshop to take part in the performance. All is free, and open to the public, of course! To join, contact Hans Tammen at for more details and to register (we need to know how many people will show up).



Flutes Photo

Central Park: West Dalehead Arch (near W. 64th and CPW)
Performances at 5:00pm and 6:00pm

Presented by Americas Society, this Mass Appeal will bring together flute players from all over NYC and beyond for two full performances of Henry Brant’s Mass in Gregorian Chant for Multiple Flutes (“Mass for June 16″), on the 30th anniversary of the piece’s premiere. The Mass is scored for as many flutists as possible, with approximately a fifth doubling on piccolo, all playing material provided in the Graduale Romanum for masses sung on June 16.

How to Join: Sign up here to reserve your spot! Flutists are required to attend two evening rehearsals on June 9, 11, 14, or 17 at 7 PM (location TBD) and the Dress Rehearsal on June 19th at 7 PM in Central Park. For questions contact Martha Cargo at


49 Waltzes

49 Waltzes Photo

147 sites in all five boroughs
Meet up at 12:58pm for Waltz 15 (E. 86th & 5th Ave), and at 8:31pm for Waltz 43 (Jane Street btw Greenwich & Washington)

John Cage’s 1977 Ode to New York City invites anyone and everyone to share what they hear at 147 sites (49 groups of 3) throughout the five boroughs. Avant Media has built as an ongoing city-wide installation highlighting these chance-determined locations On June 21, we will attempt to document sounds at all 147 addresses, and we need your help! Anyone with a smartphone, audio recorder, or camera can take part by visiting a site, uploading a field recording, and sharing the link with us. We will be updating the website live throughout the day giving a worldwide audience a glimpse into the city on the summer solstice.

How to Join: Anyone and everyone is welcome to take part: explorers, field recorders, listeners, musicians, non-musicians, and video artists. The piece encourages exploration and as-is documentation. Sites can be documented throughout the day, and there will be two large group meetups to celebrate the day and make multi-angle recordings: first at 86th & 5th at solar noon (12:58 PM) the second on Jane Street as the sun sets on the longest day of the year. Visit to find a waltz address. Anyone doing three addresses (a “waltz”) will get a free 49 Waltzes tote bag with the five boroughs image on it.


French Horns

French Horns Photo

601 Lexington Avenue (at E. 54th); West Harlem Piers Park (Hudson River & W. 132nd St)
12:00 – 1:45pm in midtown, 4:00 – 4:45pm in Harlem

Professionals, amateurs, and students: please join us as we celebrate Make Music New York in a bustling Midtown location and on a scenic West Side pier! The French Horn Nation is an amicable aggregation of conical bore brass instruments, performing music from classical to jazz and beyond.

How to Join: Help us build our mass for this Mass Appeal event! Bring your horn and a music stand. Contact Linda Blacken at



Gongs Photo

Worth Square (Broadway and W. 25th St)
12:00 – 2:00pm

For the fourth year in a row, record label Music Starts From Silence will host the exciting Mass Appeal Gong Ensemble.  New this year is a special collaboration with Tom Tom Magazine (A Magazine About Female Drummers).  The performance will feature Tom Tom Magazine artists and the New York percussion duo Loop 2.4.3, alongside Mass Appealers in an epic street performance.  Carroll Music’s vast collection of gongs from around the world, ranging from 6″ to 60″, will be provided for participants.  First performance is 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., and the second performance 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  The public participants will have an opportunity to explore the instruments in between the two sets.

Instruments and other support for this project generously provided by Carroll Musical Instrument Rentals, Brooklyn-based record label Music Starts From Silence, and Tom Tom Magazine (free copies available at the event).

How to Join: For more information contact Lorne at, or call (347) 668-1704.  Participants will be provided with instruments, strikers, and instructions.  Bring your own percussion if you have it!  Musical training is not required, just musical curiosity, sensitivity, and team spirit.  Kids and adults welcome!



Guitars Photo

Union Square, South Plaza
4:00 – 7:00pm

Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation and NYC Guitar School host this free, live, epic ensemble of guitarists open to players of all ages, styles, and skill-levels.

Festivities kick off at 4:00pm with practice sessions, and special on-site-only giveaways by Martin Guitar. Enter for your chance to win your very own Martin D-28 Guitar plus other super cool giveaways!

The first featured performance begins at 4:45pm with Alex Skolnick and his world music act, Planetary Coalition, including special surprise guests! Perhaps best known for his role in the celebrated metal band, Testament, Alex’s project shows another side of this masterful player, funded through ArtistShare.

The play-along jam at 5:30pm will be lead by Laura B. Whitmore (Editor of Acoustic Nation/ Founder of Women’s International Music Network), Jay Moran of VH1, NYC artist DORIT, NYC Guitar School directors and more! Songs will include “Radioactive” (Imagine Dragons) and “You Belong With Me” (Taylor Swift), “Let Her Go” (Passenger), “I Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), “The Only Exception” (Paramore), “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” (Green Day), and “Fly Away” (Lenny Kravitz).

The final featured performance will get underway at 6:00pm featuring Wise Girl, a group drawing influences from classic ’60s pop groups like The Drifters and The Supremes, both favorites of frontwoman Abby Weitz.

How to Join: Bring your guitar and play and sing along! We are sending an invitation to the world at large to come and play guitar with us. Tell your sister, tell your brother, tell your cousin, tell your granny! Visit the MeetUp Page to sign up for a free practice session, and to view the songs list and leaders. PDFs of the song charts and video tutorials will be available there. Or just show up with your guitar for the 4pm practice session. Let’s make this year the biggest yet!



Harmonicas Photo

Central Park: Ladies Pavilion (Enter at W 75th & CPW)
4:00 – 5:30pm

This year, Hohner is donating harmonicas to Make Music Day events across the country for a national day of harmonica playing on June 21st!

Here in New York, the Mass Appeal Harmonicas will be led by harmonica virtuoso Jia-Yi He (featured on “America’s Got Talent”). Jia-Yi welcomes kids, teenagers, adults, seniors and whole families for a free harmonica lesson in Central Park. A mini-introductory seminar will teach you to quickly read music and to play by ear: sheet music indicating hole numbers will be ready for newcomers. You’ll be able to play simple melodies in just 40 minutes.

How to Join: The first 100 participants will receive a FREE HARMONICA, courtesy of Hohner! Please email with any questions, or to suggest a few pieces to be added to the program!



Harps Photo

Grace Building (Arts Brookfield), W. 43rd St and 6th Ave
2:00 – 4:00pm

Lead by Mia Theodoratus and the NYC Harp Orchestra, all harpers are invited to attend and play traditional Celtic tunes and improvisations. Our inspiration comes from the Harp Orchestras started by Melville Clark, who manufactured harps in the 1920s and 30s in New York State, and who declared that “every harper with minimal experience can add to the musical experience”.

How to Join: Please contact Mia Theodoratus at for tune names, rehearsal dates and sound files. Or just show up to add a couple of chords or melodies.



Humming Photo

DUMBO ConEd Farragut Substation (Plymouth St. btw Gold S. & Bridge St), Brooklyn
8:00 – 9:00pm

For the third year, participants will gather near the ConEd Farragut Substation in DUMBO to join in a large group hum-a-long. We will use the transformers of the ConEd power station as a drone to create a vibrating, meditative environment while the sun sets over the East River. The event requires no musical knowledge, just the ability to hum or sing! A score by John P. Hastings (HUM 7 8 9) will be included for those who have some musical training and would like to extend the sound of the drone.

How to Join: Just show up — all ages welcome! For more information, contact John P. Hastings at



Mandolins Photo

Theodore Roosevelt Park, Columbus Ave & W. 81st St
2:00 – 4:00pm

The New York Mandolin Orchestra> (now celebrating its 90th year!) leads the third annual Mandolin Mass Appeal. Our group features Mandolins, Mandolas, and Mandocellos, rounded out with support from flute, guitar, cello, bass, and even a concertina! We will be playing a diverse program including compositions by Lennon/McCartney, Gershwin, Bach, and W.C. Handy. The event will be led by New York Mandolin Orchestra conductor Jeffrey Ellenberger.

How to Join: Musicians of all ages and levels are welcome to join! Please contact the orchestra leaders at or visit for information on attending one of our weekly rehearsals.



Pipes Photo

The Archway (Water St & Anchorage Pl), DUMBO, Brooklyn
7:00 – 8:00pm

“Bells/Door” is a new participatory sound installation by Brooklyn-based composer J. C. King, for harmonically tuned Metallophone pipes and a recorded soundscape. Members of the public will play, throw, drop and improvise on the pipes to create a joyful noise in the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge.

How to Join: Everyone is encouraged to join. As many as 30+ participants can freely improvise with the Metallophone tubes. You can also contribute by downloading one of the melodic layers to your device of choice, to be voiced during the performance (30+ speaker sets will be available for participants). Contact for downloads.



Recorders Photo

Straus Park, Broadway & W. 106th St
7:30 – 9:00pm

Led by noted recorder performer, teacher, and conductor Deborah Booth, the recorder ensemble session welcomes soprano, alto, tenor, and bass recorders to Straus Park again for MMNY! Music will include pieces by A. Holborne, G. F. Handel, J. S. Bach, as well as “Sunny Side of the Street” (McHugh, Fields).

How to Join: All recorder players (non-beginners) are welcome. Performers may bring all sizes of recorders (sopranino through contrabass) or they may concentrate on one instrument if they wish. The repertoire will include a selection of pieces from the Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary eras. Email:



Saxophones Photo

Low Memorial Library, Columbia Morningside Campus (enter at W. 116th St and Broadway)
2:00 – 3:00pm

In honor of the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax, Make Music New York, in partnership with Miller Theatre, presents Salvatore Sciarrino’s La Bocca, i piedi, il suono for saxophone quartet and 100 saxophones. Featuring Project Fusion as saxophone soloists, 100 saxophone players will be placed around the audience at Columbia University’s Low Library Rotunda. Creating sound effects with breath, feet, and key clicking, they weave in and out of audience members, creating a ceaseless flow of saxophonists for the last twenty minutes of the work. Performers will consist of saxophone players of all ages, playing ability, and styles.

How to Join: Email Amy Garapic at to sign up and to receive music and more informatioin. All saxophone players young and old, beginners and professionals are invited to join; the music is easy to learn.


Ukuleles: Manhattan

Ukuleles: Manhattan Photo

Madison Square Park Reflecting Pool, 25th St and 5th Ave
2:30 – 3:30pm

Sing and play along with Mark Michaels from the New York Ukulele School. It is guaranteed to reduce your stress level and make you an overall happier, cooler person. Thanks to Alfred Music and Making Music Magazine, participants will receive free copies of ukulele virtuoso Daniel Ho’s composition “Pineapple Mango” to play and keep!

How to Join: Just show up, enjoy ukulele performances, and bring your ukulele to play in the sing-along! Bring a chair and a music stand if you think you may need one.


Ukuleles: Brooklyn

Ukuleles: Brooklyn Photo

Tea Lounge, 837 Union St (Park Slope, Brooklyn)
2:00 – 3:00pm

Sing and play along with with Makalina Gallagher, one of NYC’s finest uke players and organizer of the NYC Ukulele MeetUp group. Thanks to Alfred Music and Making Music Magazine, participants will receive free copies of ukulele virtuoso Daniel Ho’s composition “Pineapple Mango” to play and keep!

How to Join: Bring your Ukulele to play along, and a chair if you’d like to sit.


Voice: And Death Shall Have No Dominion

Voice: And Death Shall Have No Dominion Photo

Converging on Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City
Begins at 11:00am; singers converge at 11:45am

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, to music by composer Pete M. Wyer. 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 in Rockefeller Park for a grand choral finale.

How to Join: Anyone can take part – it is unnecessary to read music or to have sung in a choir previously. Visit the Special Project page to sign up!


Voice: New Choral Reading

Voice: New Choral Reading Photo

Teardrop Park South (behind Poets House), Battery Park City
12:15 – 1:15pm

Immediately following the Dylan Thomas event, all singers are invited to an open reading session of contemporary choral music featuring pieces by New York composers including Jonathan David, Michael Dellaira, Bill Heigen, Tarik O’Regan, Bettina Sheppard, and Martha Sullivan. The reading session will be led by Fahad Siadat, director of See-A-Dot Music Publishing and C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, a professional new music chorus, and reinforced by a string quartet that will accompany the reading session. Gathered singers will rehearse and perform six pieces over the course of an hour.

How to Join: All you have to do is download the scores and show up! This event is free and open to any who wishes to participate, and will be especially enjoyable to choral nerds from across the city. Scores can be found at

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