What to see at Make Music New York 2015
Expect St. Marks to be suspiciously empty today, as more than 100 punk bands—of the gutter-punk, hardcore-punk and ska-punk varieties—take over seven stages on Staten Island.
Stop by this mobile recording studio in Ridgewood, one of 12 around the city, to contribute a vocal or instrumental snippet to the music being created on the spot.
One of MMNY’s single-instrument Mass Appeal get-togethers, this improvised performance, led by Loop 2.4.3., features gongs galore, including a four-octave set of tuned Thai nipple gongs.
Bluegrass, old-timey folk, and Americana acts such as Homesick Hound Dogs and Gypsy George gather for an afternoon hootenanny.
The structures aren’t just the setting here—they’re the instruments, as 24 percussionists and an orchestra resonate through the cast-iron facades of eight buildings.
The local avant-jazz saxist leads an interactive improvisation: Bring your own horn or ax and join in.
A horde of fiddlers converges outside Joe’s Pub to perform horas and freylekhs and other klezmer tunes.
Pianist Nate Buccieri does Sinatra from the back of a pickup truck, playing five 45-minute sets around town. Sidle up and he’ll even toss you the mic.
Queens ensemble Percussia sets up drums under the 7 train in Sunnyside for a series of booming duets.
Catch the last stop of this roving Broadway revue, in which performers sing tunes from musicals such as Hair, Avenue Q and The Last Five Years.