Longest Day Of The Year Made More Tolerable By Free Concerts Outside

John Luther Adams' Inuksuit gets its NYC outdoor premiere at 5 p.m. at Morningside Park.
John Luther Adams' Inuksuit gets its NYC outdoor premiere at 5 p.m. at Morningside Park.

City advisory: If you were too lazy (or too experimental-music hungover from the Bang On A Can Marathon) to get out to Central Park this morning at 5 a.m. to play Yoko Ono's "Secret Piece," do not be too upset with yourself. There are still, by my count, three very exciting Make Music New York events to get your ears in front of today.

Not just things that are fun because, oh, the day is long and they happen to be free, like those pop-up pianos scattered about the city (also a Make Music NY thing). These are events I'd normally suggest you pay money to see/hear.

"Make Music NY?" you say. "What is this you speak of?" etc. Well, there's an answer to be sure—here's the site. But if you haven't already made your plans, you don't have time for the backstory. You need to know what's happening where.

1 p.m., New York Stock Exchange: Louis Andriessen's HOKETUS

Um, I feel like all I should say is, here is the first part of Dutch wild-man Louis Andriessen's Hoketus:

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Watch a bunch of brokers and tourists be confused! This is the first good reason I've ever heard of to spend time in front of the Stock Exchange, honestly.

4 p.m., Cornelia St. Café (W. 4th and Bleeker Sts.): Mauricio Kagel's "Eine Brise" for 111 bicyclists

Piss off, adult whimsy experts; Mauricio Kagel—sometimes referred to as the Ionesco of modern classical music—got to critical-mass bike rides before you did with this piece, written in 1996 as a "transient action" for 111 participants. There will be a short rehearsal at 3:30; then, at 4 (according to the to the Facebook group that coalesced to organize this performance): "Bikers ride past the crowd while whistling, singing and making other sounds at various points. The performance should last between 60 and 90 seconds."

Then other stuff will happen at the same location, but really, if I were you, I'd start training it uptown for this:

5 p.m., Morningside Park (check in at 110th St. and Morningside Drive): John Luther Adams's Inuksuit "for 9 to 99 percussionists" (NYC Outdoor Premiere)

Inuksuit got a local performance indoors at the Park Avenue Armory not long ago, and all the classical critics got hot over it. But the piece, written by the Alaska-living Adams (not the Nixon in China Adams) is actually meant to be played outdoors. Enter the ever-enterprising Miller Theater at Columbia University, which put the programming muscle into making this happen.

They also made a video to explain some basic things here:

That's a pretty blah-blah heavy video. If you want a sense (sorta) of what it sounded like indoors at the Armory, here's your video:

So: solstice, a long day. Be good to yourself. Take a lunch break in FiDi and/or cut out of work early enough to get to Morningisde Park. And watch an absurdist piece for bicycles in the West Village, if you're around.


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