In and Around C: A Participatory Music and Art Installation
August 24th, 2012
Building on my concert performance prowess, last night, I stepped into a Lower East Side art gallery and morphed from a person into a music note. The experience was part of the latest endeavor from the artist Mad Mohre and the Nouveau Classical Project, an ensemble that “re-imagines classical and new music through interdisciplinary projects and connects emerging composers with diverse audiences.” The exhibit “In & Around C” it turned a roomful of strangers and musicians into a dynamic music and art installation. The positions where people stand on a large music staff shape both live and computer-generated music.
Thursday evening, Julian Taylor (tenor sax), Kahil Nayton (guitar), Carl Limbacher (bass), Lautaro Burgos (drums) served as the evening’s interpreters. They watched where audience members moved to drive their riffs. Some of us stood, others hopped from line to line, and one crafty guy put out his arms in a circle to create a second note. Now I know what it feels like to be a piece of music. Enjoy this video from I Care If You Listen for a sample of the experience and an interview with the artist.
The exhibit runs through August 30, with other live performances as well as a computer-programmed version other times. Check out the website for full details.