The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 9:30am to 10:30am

The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk

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Download a free iPhone application that turns footsteps into electric guitar chords, car horns, and more, and become a musical instrument as you stroll down the High Line. The first fifty participants can rent free, wearable speakers for the duration of the soundwalk; visitors are encouraged to bring their own and join the fun.


The walk begins at the High Line’s southern terminus, at Gansevoort and Washington Streets, at 5:30pm. The walk ends on the High Line at West 30th Street.

This High Line Program is free and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required. Rain or shine.

"The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk" will take participants along the entire length of the High Line from South to North, which is 1 mile. For those needing elevator access, enter at the 14th Street Elevator, near the corner of 14th Street & 10th Avenue and go south to Gansevoort Street.

Composed by Lainie Fefferman, Jascha Narveson, and Cameron Britt. Produced by Friends of the High Line in association with MATA and Make Music New York, as part of Make Music Winter; software development by Daniel Iglesia.

Make Music New York, the annual celebration with over 1,000 free outdoor concerts on the summer solstice, is proud to present an innovative new festival called Make Music Winter, taking place on December 21, 2011. This new festival will feature 12 simultaneous, participatory musical processions throughout the city, each with its own distinct type of music created by a different artist, include groups of handbell ringers, Arabic singers, Puerto Rican bands, iPhone users, medieval music choirs, boomboxes, brass players, cellists, and more. For more information, visit

New York composer Lainie Fefferman has written music for voices, orchestral instruments, banjoes, bagpipes, shawms, car parts, and electronic media. Her music draws inspiration from the rigorous, the gorgeous, the nasty, and the zany. She began her studies as a math major, but ended up a composer at Yale and is now working toward a PhD in composition at Princeton. Her recent collaborators include Newspeak, JACK Quartet, So Percussion, and electric guitar quartet Dither. She has sung at the United Nations, been a rehearsal pianist at Westminster Choir College, and performed on kazoo with the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Jascha Narveson was raised in a concert hall and put to sleep as a child with an old vinyl copy of the Bell Laboratories mainframe computer singing “Bicycle Built for Two.” Awash in the sounds of chamber music recitals in his parents’ house-concert series from an early age, he spent his high-school years playing in improvisatory un-music bands and listening to increasingly esoteric music from various corners of the globe and subcultural strata of the industrialized world. These influences mixed with intensive traditional training in North and South Indian rhythmic traditions, a summer residency with Bang On A Can, and degrees in acoustic and electronic composition from Wilfrid Laurier University, Wesleyan’s MA in experimental and world music, and Princeton’s doctoral program. His music is a vibrant testament to these influences, combining the Western composer’s love of novelty with an unshakable devotion to rhythm, physicality and “flow” inherited from everywhere else. His music has been played in many places by many people, some of them famous, others deserving of fame, all of them deserving of thanks.

Composer, percussionist and electronic musician N. Cameron Britt is a PhD candidate in composition at Princeton University. As a percussionist he performs with Dithyramb, a free improvisation duo with cellist Tom Kraines, and he has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony and many other orchestras throughout the Southeast. His compositions have been performed by the Brentano String Quartet, So Percussion, Ensemble Klang, janus, NOW Ensemble and PLOrk. He is currently building an electromagnetically actuated vibraphone, which should be pretty cool.

Daniel Iglesia creates music and media for humans, computers, and broad interactions of the two. His works have taken the form of concert works for instruments and electronics, live audio and video performance, generative and interactive installations, and collaborations with many disciplines such as theater and dance. His work has been presented in such diverse venues as Lincoln Center, Eyebeam Gallery, the Kitchen, the Experimental Media Series at the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Art.Tech@The Lab (San Francisco), the Hamburger Klangwerktage (Hamburg) and the World Expo 2010 (Shanghai). His concert works have been performed by the California EAR Unit, So Percussion, the SEM Ensemble, the Talea Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Ostravska Banda, and many others. He has a doctorate from Columbia, and co-led PLOrk in 2010 and 2011. He recently gave a talk on PLOrk at TEDx Brooklyn.

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