Make Music Winter: December 21, 2015

Bell by Bell | Tom Peyton 

Artist Tom Peyton distributes seventy color-coded bells to the crowd, one color per note. At the front of the parade, a team of conductors waves corresponding colored flags to lead the group in slowly moving music, written by a variety of composers. When the conductors raise their red and green flags, everyone with red and green bells start ringing, and so on for each color, creating a sonorous, atmospheric soundscape in DUMBO’s cavernous spaces.

The parade begins at 6:00 pm at the DUMBO Archway and ends at Brooklyn Bridge Park (at Old Dock Street). All are invited to join.

With bell music from Eric Beach, Dan Edinberg (The Stepkids), Nat Evans, Eric Frederic, Amy Garapic, Robert Honstein, Matt Marble, Tom Peyton and Alex Waterman.

Video from Bell by Bell 2013 (video by Clara Inés Schuhmacher):

DUMBO Archway (Water St & Anchorage Pl), 6:00pm

Brooklyn Bridge Park at Old Dock Street, 7:30pm

How to Join
Just show up with your hands free!

A musician and urban geographer, Tom Peyton is captivated by the unintentional, immersive soundscapes created through the everyday functioning of cities. His work builds upon existing aural experiences through physical, percussive engagement with the built environment. In addition to composing urban interventions, Tom is also a touring drummer and founding member of DoTank:Brooklyn and Nuit Blanche New York.

The DUMBO Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2006 to enhance and promote the quality of life in DUMBO, Brooklyn. We advocate on behalf of DUMBO’s businesses, nonprofits, cultural organizations, property owners and residents and provide community services and programming that amplify DUMBO’s creative and innovative vibe. More at

Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP), is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. As steward of the park, BBP has transformed this previously deteriorated stretch of waterfront into a world-class park where the public can gather, play, relax and enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, rolling hills, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel. BBP serves thousands of people on any given seasonal day, who come to picnic, walk their dog, play soccer, jog, bike or roller skate. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a signature public investment for the 21st Century and will be an enduring legacy for the communities, elected officials and public servants who made it happen.

Make Music Winter illustrations by Adam McCauley