Experience A Personal Performance At BAM’s 1:1 CONCERTS In The Brooklyn Navy Yard


Although music venues across the metropolis have been allowed to reopen at decrease capability as of April, many selected to carry off till they have been capable of open safely to a full home. Now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has determined to finish most capability restrictions as of Might nineteenth, some venues will start to convey again exhibits extra readily. However within the meantime, BAM is staging an especially distinctive—and intensely private—socially-distanced musical expertise within the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Consider it like Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Current—however as an alternative of being engaged in an intense, tear-inducing staring contest, you get to listen to a stunning musical piece.

For the following two weekends, BAM will premiere 1:1 CONCERTS, curated by the Silkroad Ensemble. Forty-five New York musicians will participate in this system at 9 areas—together with “industrial warehouses, open-air rooftops, and a botanic wonderland”—unfold out all through the Navy Yard. Every musician will carry out an roughly 10-minute lengthy private live performance for one attendee at a time.

The exhibits will happen between midday and 6 p.m. on Might eighth, ninth, fifteenth and sixteenth. And better of all, the entire thing is free with reservation—and there are some tickets nonetheless obtainable for each weekends as of Tuesday afternoon, although you higher act quick as a result of there might be no stand-by line.

If you arrive at Constructing 77, a BAM host will escort you thru “alleyways, nooks, and corridors, offering uncommon behind-the-scenes glimpses of the historic, residing landmark.” Then the musician you are paired with will choose a chunk from reminiscence that is chosen within the second; the vary of devices that might be there embrace accordion, cello, clarinet, double bass, erhu, flute, Celtic harp, oud, percussion, saxophone, trumpet, and viola.

“The concept of bringing collectively a few of the most stellar musicians on the Japanese Seaboard—and from so many various musical backgrounds—to create particular person gems of expertise for one particular person at a time is thrilling to me,” stated Silkroad artist Mazz Swift. “Add to that the gorgeous vistas and eclectic areas the Brooklyn Navy Yard has to supply, and I am satisfied there actually could not be a greater method to attract folks again to connection by way of music. It should be an expertise of a lifetime; transformational for each artist and listener.”

The 1:1 CONCERT collection has given musicians throughout the globe the prospect to performs for hundreds of individuals through the pandemic in locations together with Israel, Germany, Japan and Australia.

Stephanie Winker, a Juilliard-trained flutist who created the format, informed CBC final yr that she wished to create an intimate bond between performer and listener. And she or he stated that as with Abramović’s undertaking, folks do typically find yourself crying.

“Generally folks begin to cry after half a minute,” she stated. “Generally folks discover fantastic peace. You may simply see how they loosen up, how they let go. It is actually, actually touching. And it is simply as profound on the musician’s facet as it’s on the viewers’s facet.”