Posted on 15 June 2018
by MMNY Staff
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Musicians of all walks of life are invited to take part in a global celebration of the monumental minimalist work In C, celebrating 50 years since its premiere in 1964 by the California composer Terry Riley. Consisting of 53 individual repeated cells with no time signature, no instrumentation limitations, and only a small set of instructions, In C’s interlocking repetitive patterns provided a new concept in musical form that was to change the course of 20th century music.
Perhaps the first truly globalist composition, In C can be played by any number of musicians, in any location in the world, with any musical tradition and instrument type. Inspired by the communal spirit of Riley’s work, “A Worldwide Day of In C” unites musicians from all over the globe in a day-long celebration of music and community with live streamed performances occurring on every hour with a variety of ensembles in cities around the world, all to be viewed live on December 21st at www.worldwideinc.org.
To take part in the New York City performance, join percussionists Amy Garapic and Clara Warnaar as they lead participants in an In C parade around Washington Square Park. All instrumentalists are welcome to bring their own instruments and join in! Non-instrumentalist participants are invited to play pulsating eighth notes, normally designated to be played on the piano (a distinct characteristic of the work), on C-tuned metal chimes which will be lent to participants at the beginning of the performance. Large cue cards will display individual musical cells which will lead participants through the piece as well as along their route around the park.
Percussionist Amy Garapic is an energetic soloist, chamber musician, educator and adventurous producer who continually seeks to explore the role of percussion in todays music and culture. The majority of her performing is split between the new music powerhouse Contemporaneous and the percussion trio TIGUE, while she shares her teaching as lecturer at Keene State University, Bard College, and at the Brooklyn Conservatory. She has worked closely generating new repertoire with composers Robert Honstein, Jason Treuting, and John Luther Adams; has performed alongside So Percussion, NEXUS, Bang on Can’s Asphalt Orchestra and pop icon David Byrne; and has traveled to make music in Jordan, Mexico, Paris, and most recently India, with Grammy award winner AR Rahman. In addition to performing, Amy enjoys exploring the relationship between performer and audience through musical community events. She united over 100 percussionists from 9 countries in a joint, 18-hour, live-streamed marathon of Erik Satie's Vexations, has produced multiple performances of John Luther Adams’ 100-percussionist work Inuksuit, and was featured in both the New York Times and Rolling Stone after leading two successful seasons of hand drum lessons for inmates in Rhythm on Rikers. Amy also enjoys time as Production Manager for the Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar, and as Special Projects Coordinator and NAMM Mass Appeal Fellow for Make Music New York.
Clara Warnaar is an American-Canadian percussionist, composer and teacher from Los Angeles, currently based in New York City. An active chamber musician, Clara is a member of ensemble mise-en, the percussion quartet, Excelsis and the percussion duo Ampli2. As a soloist, she won the second prize at the Montréal Symphony’s Standard Life Competition, both in 2009 and 2012, as well as concerto competitions at both the Manhattan School of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy. A regular performer with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Manhattan Symphonie, she recently applied her orchestral playing in a new setting: on the film soundtrack of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Clara regularly travels upstate as a teaching artist with the Learning Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing concerts and workshops to rural communities in the Adirondacks. Ms. Warnaar is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music.