Make Music New York, the annual daylong festival of free participatory events in New York City held on June 21, has announced that its eighth festival will include a piece for headphone choir called And Death Shall Have No Dominion, based on the poem by Dylan Thomas. Composed by Pete M. Wyer in honor of Thomas’s birth centenary—and using an app that contains the accompaniment and synchronizes participants’ mobile devices—the piece is performed by singers who walk different 45-minute routes through lower Manhattan, converging for the finale. Other events include 100+ BPM, in which amateur, student, and professional brass players and percussionists are invited to perform in the premiere of a new work by composer/drummer Sunny Jain, held on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library; Henry Brant’s Mass in Gregorian Chant for Multiple Flutes, scored for “as many flutes as possible,” in Central Park; and In (Key), eleven new compositions in tribute to Terry Riley’s iconic In C, performed in Greenwich Village. The festival will include “Rhythm on Rikers,” a program of music theory and private drum lessons for Rikers Island inmates, concluding with a West African percussion concert. More festival details will be posted in late May here.
Posted May 27, 2014