As New Yorkers begin to think about what reside occasions would possibly appear to be in a post-pandemic world, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is providing one imaginative and prescient of how socially-distanced music can nonetheless carry individuals collectively. The 1:1 CONCERTS, which befell this previous weekend and can occur once more subsequent weekend, provide one particular person at a time the possibility to expertise an intimate 10-minute program carried out by a single musician, throughout quite a few wholly distinctive areas within the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Between the isolation and the cavernous environment, it is a surreal and considerably overwhelming expertise. At costume rehearsals final Friday, my information Sarah navigated me by way of two very giant warehouses and two very scenic rooftops to see in on 4 concert events. Being led by way of the largely empty industrial panorama made all of it really feel like some prime secret experimental program.
Our first cease was on the former Candy’N Low manufacturing facility, the place—three flights up—I obtained to witness Shaw Pong Liu taking part in the erhu for her very first viewers of 1.
The music was stuffed with longing and melancholy, and listening to it bounce off the chipped paint within the hole, industrial area made it all of the extra otherworldly. After this system, her viewers member quietly thanked her with a bit of nod and walked out— viewers members are requested to chorus from clapping to permit the concert events to be “embedded in silence.”
And it was clearly a really emotional expertise for the musicians.
“That was actually candy,” Pong stated as she choked again her tears. “That was my first indoor live performance for anyone in 14 months!”
Noting the dramatic backdrop of the venue, she added, “I’m additionally listening to my sound in an area aside from my tiny workplace which has no acoustics. And to have the ability to play with some sound data from the room is feeling actually good proper now.”
Subsequent, we went to a close-by warehouse rooftop the place I watched Danny Mekonnen play the tenor sax.
“That is the primary time I’ve performed music in public since January 2020,” Mekonnen stated. “I didn’t do a single on-line efficiency…I haven’t taken that type of a break in 27 years, so it’s so much, it’s heavy.”
Mekonnen described the symbiotic relationship between performer and viewers. “I feel one of many causes I signed up for that is to recollect…that I’ve a very particular connection to this instrument that transcends phrases or understanding,” he stated. “I’ve been taking part in so lengthy, I’ve dedicated to it so deeply, it’s this relationship. I give to my instrument and my instrument offers to me in the identical method we give to our audiences and our audiences give to us.”
Again inside a unique warehouse, Edward Perez’s carried out on the double bass. The final 12 months has been tough on him, however not like lots of the different artists, Perez had began performing once more: “Within the final couple of months, I’ve been capable of play type of frequently and it’s lifted my spirits so much.”
Taking part in the viola on the rooftop of the identical constructing, Mario Gotoh took a second to soak within the emotional depth of the 1:1 CONCERTS after this previous 12 months.
“Oh that is superior,” he stated. “I by no means get to play one-on-one, so it’s actually intimate. It’s a brand new area and a brand new encounter and also you by no means know what which may invite…particularly once we are extra delicate and conscious of our environment and our private area. It’s been totally different with each particular person and each encounter.”
You will discover extra particulars on BAM’s 1:1 Concert events right here. The exhibits will happen between midday and 6 p.m. on Could eighth, ninth, fifteenth and sixteenth.