Tully Scope Festival invites audience to use cell phones

Posted on: February 22, 2011

The first Tully Scope Festival at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall from February 22 to March 18 will open with the world premiere of Bells, a piece by Nathan Davis in which the audience is asked to help create the piece by using their cell phones. During the 30-minute work, members of the Ice Contemporary Ensemble will be dispersed among the audience, playing live music. The audience will be given instructions to dial and connect to one of several conference numbers and set their phones on speaker, with all the phones playing similar material but each subject to crackling and distortion at different frequencies. Other composers and performers to be featured in the festival include Morton Feldman, the Juilliard new-music ensemble Axiom, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Sinfonietta, early-music ensemble Les Arts Florissants, and pianists Louis Lortie and Emanuel Ax. A statement from Lincoln Center, which is producing the festival, describes Tully Scope as offering a “spectrum of musical presentations spanning centuries, cultures, and genres” meant to demonstrate Alice Tully Hall’s “new adaptability as a venue.”

Posted February 22, 2011