Prelude | James Holt

Amateur and professional singers & instrumentalists meet in Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza Park and parade to the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO while performing the Prelude movement of Bach’s G-Major Cello Suite No. 1 — very, very, very slowly. The result is a half hour, slow-motion harmonic wash of sound conceived and produced by James Holt.

All instruments and vocalists welcome; no sight-reading experience necessary!

In order to fully participate, please download one of the following four tracks onto an mp3 player, and bring it along with your instrument (or voice!) and a pair of earbuds to use during the performance.

Right-click or ctrl-click on the links below to download the MP3 to your computer.

If you were born between the 1st and 8th of the month, download Part One

If you were born between the 9th and 16th of the month, download Part Two

If you were born between the 17th and 24th of the month, download Part Three

If you were born between the 25th and 31st of the month, download Part Four

Start
William Jay Gaynor Memorial in Cadman Plaza (Brooklyn), 4:00pm

End
Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, 5:00pm

How to Join
To perform, download one of the four provided mp3s, and bring it along with your instrument (or voice!) and a pair of earbuds.

James Holt is a composer, podcaster, and arts administrator. His music has been performed across the country and internationally, including recent performances in New York, Boston, St. Paul, and San Francisco. He produces both the Switchboard Music Festival podcast and My Ears Are Open, and has been a contributor to Polyphonic.org, Sequenza21, Q2, and SecondInversion. James currently lives and works in Seattle.

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