Kalimbascope | J.C. King

Join the magical Kalimbascope Ensemble, and promenade at sunset with the music of the enchanted thumb piano! Composer J.C. King leads a psychedelic kalimba parade through the streets of North Brooklyn, ending at McCarren Park. The parade will be accompanied by live electronics, with participants joining in on a kalimba chorus of mystery and fascination.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own kalimbas (thumb pianos), hand chimes, and bells, all tuned to Db. Kalimbas will be available for the first 20 participants to borrow.

The parade will make the following stops en route to McCarren Park:

Lula Bean at 797 Grand Street
750 Grand Street
LP’n Harmony at 683 Grand Street
The Sandwich Shop at 658 Grand Street
Grand Street Bakery at 602 Grand Street
Rebelution Designs at 560 Grand Street

Presented in association with the Grand Street BID.

Cooper Park (Brooklyn), 4:00pm

McCarren Park, 5:30pm

How to Join
Bring a kalimba (thumb piano), chimes or hand bells tuned to Db. Kalimbas will be available for the first 20 participants to borrow.

Composer J.C. King's new mutations of conceptual songwriting are focused on creating intimate, public experiences that foster a shared memory of the magical and absurd. His recent works include "Bells/Door" a public participatory concert, and collaborations with dancer and choreographer Mira Cook. With his longtime torch song ensemble Hello Lovers on hiatus, Mr. King is currently training, while preparing and performing music in new directions.

The Grand Street Business Improvement District is a nonprofit economic and community development organization serving Grand Street and its businesses from Union to Bushwick Avenues in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The mission of the Grand Street BID is to create a vibrant commercial district and improve the quality of life for the community. Its principal activities include supplemental sidewalk cleaning, graffiti removal, and the promotion & marketing of the diverse local businesses and community activities in order to provide a clean, safe and inviting district, making it a great place to live, work and shop.