New York Soundscape

Photo by Izzi Ramkissoon

Ear to the Earth 08

October 9 — 25, 2008

New York Friends Meeting House
Judson Memorial Church
Chelsea Art Museum
New York Hall of Science

This was the third annual festival of environmental sound produced by Electronic Music Foundation as an event of EMF's Ear to the Earth program. The goal of Ear to the Earth is to heighten awareness of environmental problems. For information on the program, follow this link:

Ear to the Earth

The central theme of this festival was New York Soundscape, a multi-year project. The festival included fifteen events that took place in five venues in two boroughs of New York City, with six commissioned composers, nine world premieres, and three New York City premieres.

The following links lead to a report on press coverage, a statement by the curator, and descriptions of the events in this festival.

Press coverage
Curator's statement

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Events Part 1
New York Soundscape

Thursday, October 9, 8pm
Walter Branchi: Ecstatic Static

Friday, October 10, 8pm
Francisco López: Buildings [New York]
From Trilogy of the Americas

Saturday, October 11
Opening reception and
Charles Lindsay: The Village Catbird, 7:30pm
New York Big Fritz, 8pm

Wednesday, October 15
Walking through Sound, 6pm
Citizen Sound: Public Forum, 7pm
NYSAE & Friends, 9pm

Thursday, October 16, 8pm
Commissions 1
Richard Lainhart, LoVid

Friday, October 17, 8pm
Commissions 2
Marina Rosenfeld,  Miya Masaoka, Michael Schumacher

Saturday, October 18
Andrea Polli: Cloud Car, 12-6pm
Metropolis New York: Public Forum, 3pm
Alvin Curran: The Brooklyn Bridge, 8pm

Saturday, October 25, 10am-3pm
Andrea Polli: Cloud Car

Events Part 2
Other Soundscapes

Monday, October 20, 7:30pm
Other Soundscapes 1
Music by Olivier Messiaen, Ezequiel Vinao, Helen Fisher, Matthew Burtner

Tuesday, October 21, 7:30pm
Other Soundscapes 2
Music by Charlie Morrow, Matthew Burtner

Wednesday, October 22, 7:30pm
Other Soundscapes 3
Music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Orlando Garcia, John Cage

Closing Event

Friday, October 24, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm

John Cage: Lecture on the Weather
Performers: Eric Beach, Ralph Benko, Merce Cunningham, Mari Kimura, Garry Kvistad, Joan La Barbara,Chris Mann, Josh Quillin, Joan Retallack, Margarete Roeder, Agnieszka Roginska, Mikel Rouse, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting, Jan Williams, Greg Zuber

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Joel Chadabe, Executive Curator
Jessica Schmitz, Concert Manager
Suzanne Thorpe, Associate Concert Manager
Park Boulevard Productions, Audio & Video
La PR, Public Relations

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Support for Ear to the Earth has been provided by Meet The Composer's JPMorganChase Regrant Program for Small Ensembles, Amphion Foundation, and Alice M. Ditson Fund.

This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.