At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, individual musicians perform one-on-one concerts

Posted on: May 12, 2021

“As New Yorkers start to imagine what live events might look like in a post-pandemic world, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is offering one vision of how socially-distanced music can still bring people together,” writes Sai Mokhtari in Tuesday’s (5/11) Gothamist (NYC). “The 1:1 CONCERTS, which took place this past weekend and will happen again next weekend, offer one person at a time the chance to experience an intimate 10-minute program performed by a single musician, across a number of wholly unique spaces in the Brooklyn Navy Yard…. Our first stop was at the former Sweet’N Low factory, where … Pong Liu [played] the erhu for her very first audience of one…. ‘That was really sweet,’ Pong said as she choked back her tears. ‘That was my first indoor concert for anybody in 14 months!’ Next, we went to a nearby warehouse rooftop where I watched Danny Mekonnen play the tenor sax.… Playing the viola … Mario Gotoh took a moment to soak in the emotional intensity of the 1:1 CONCERTS after this past year. ‘Oh, this is awesome,’ she said. ‘I never get to play one-on-one…. It’s been different with every person and every encounter.’ ”