Make Music New York 2021
As New York City reopens, Music Traveler celebrates Make Music New York 2021 with Steinway & Sons by inviting musicians of all styles to meet at The World Trade Center Oculus. Just as the World Trade Center Oculus connects people from all around the city and the world, this Music Traveler@Oculus production aims to be a joyful, inclusive event for everyone to make music together between their travels through the Big Apple. After a year of lock-down, live music is here to be enjoyed again in New York City in person and digitally with musicians from all corners of the globe. The program is produced by Hyung-ki Joo, Louise Lau, Elias Constantopedos, Lynn Yen, Shruti Kumar & Julia Rhee.
The piano centric program is broken down into 5 segments throughout the afternoon of the Make Music Day.
Everyone is a Baby, by Lynn Yen
Live by Living People, by Hyung-Ki Joo
Multi-Instrumentalism, Julia Rhee
Homecoming, by Shruti Kumar & Elias Constantopedos
Melt the Melting Pot, by Louise Lau
The first segment is compiled with performers age between 11 to 98 to enjoy performing together without the generation gaps. The second segment, Live by Living People is the world premiere performance of “Childhood”, an album of 10 piano pieces newly published on Universal Edition, composed by the British Korean composer-pianist Hyung-ki Joo. For this world premiere, eight pianists have been chosen from Manhattan School of Music, Joo’s Alma Mater. In addition, “Chandeliers”, a hauntingly evocative piece written as memoriam to 9/11, will be premiered for the first time in New York at the site with which 9/11 is tragically associated. The third segment showcases the over-achieving multi-instrumentalists’ jam session to validate NYC as Jazz capital of America with Austrian musicians invited by Austrian Cultural Forum New York, followed by the fourth segment featuring today’s young female composers from all over the world celebrating the spirit of our return to live music. And as the coda, the final segment wraps up with musicians of all musical genres coming together to represent the local New York City music scene.
About World Trade Center Oculus
The World Trade Center Oculus is a transportation hub designed by Santiago Calatrava with 12 New York City Transit subway lines, the World Trade Center PATH station and over 80 retailers, connecting the 16-acre World Trade Center campus. The World Trade Center campus is also home to One World Trade Center, 3 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, 7 World Trade Center, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, One World Observatory, Liberty Park, and the future Saint Nicholas National Shrine, Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, 2 World Trade Center, and 5 World Trade Center. The Oculus and Transportation Hub are owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. World Trade Center retail is leased and operated by the private entity Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.
World Trade Center Oculus: www.officialworldtradecenter.com/oculus
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: www.panynj.gov
About Music Traveler
Music Traveler is a marketplace that centralizes spaces and venues with musical instruments and equipment for the creative industry. The platform enables musicians and live performance production organisers to find and lease creative spaces and venues including recording studios, concert halls, rehearsal spaces, lesson spaces, etc. with or without instruments or equipment for a transactional fee. Founded by Julia Rhee and Aleksey Igudesman, together with world-renowned ambassadors Billy Joel, Hans Zimmer, Sean Lennon, Adrien Brody, and John Malkovich, just to name a few. In early of 2021, The MTTV (MusicTraveler.TV) features were launched to provides simplification of digital revenue generation by artists' work, reaching new audiences to facilitating fundraisers for charitable causes and grassroots initiatives.
About Steinway & Sons
Since 1853, the Steinway has set an uncompromising standard for sound, touch, beauty, and investment value. Because of a dedication to continuous improvement, today’s Steinway remains the choice of 9 out of 10 concert artists, and is the preferred piano of countless musicians, professional and amateur, throughout the world.
Steinway & Sons: https://www.steinway.com/
About Make Music New York
Make Music New York is a not-for-profit dedicated to bringing out the musician in all of us, to connect New Yorkers to their communities and with each other, and to bring bold new artistic creations to life. Its mission is ambitious, inclusive, adventurous and fun, and it is accomplished through two annual citywide celebrations: the flagship festival Make Music New York, held each summer solstice on June 21st — the longest day of the year — and Make Music Winter, a series of participatory musical parades held each winter solstice on December 21st — the longest night of the year.
Make Music New York: https://makemusicny.org/