Make Music Winter, Thursday, Dec. 21

Bell by Bell | Tom Peyton 

Artist Tom Peyton will hand out 96 color-coded bells to the crowd gathered in Tompkins Square Park – one color per note. As the ensemble makes its way through the streets of the East Village, a team of conductors waves corresponding colored flags in time with a series of specially curated compositions, prompting participants to collectively contribute to sonorous, atmospheric soundscapes that intensify as the group learns to work and play together.

The parade ends at Two Boots Pizza, at the corner Avenue A and E 3rd Street, were participants can warm up with free slices and soda courtesy of the restaurant.

Meet at southern oval of Tompkins Square Park at 5:45 PM to practice up for a 6:00 PM parade departure.

Just show up ready to ring in the winter solstice, but if you know you will be coming ahead of time, send an email with the subject line “I Like Bells” to so that we know how many pizzas to make!



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.

Avenue A & East 3rd St. is holy turf for Two Boots. We began at 37 Ave. A in 1987, with Two Boots Restaurant, and we’re now across the street, at 42 Ave. A, with Two Boots East Village. This location included Two Boots Video for 18 years – which specialized in indie and art films – and still offers comfy booth seating, a big-screen TV for sports games & video screenings, and – good news! – beer & wine. It’s also a showcase for our local artistic community, including JC Pinto’s mosaic tribute to Loisaida poet Bimbo Rivas, extraordinary exterior signs by Julie Wilson (Two Boots’ first commissioned artwork back in ‘87) and hand-painted tiles by the late, great George Schneeman. And check out the pizza crust imbedded in the collage counter – left behind the immortal Iggy Pop!

This iconic location features mosaic planters by Jim “The Mosaic Man” Powers, window paintings by Nicolina, painted tiles by George Schneeman, flower sculptures by Melissa White, and pizza icon paintings by Zito. We are also proud to partner with a wide variety of neighborhood organizations, including A Gathering of Tribes, the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Make Music New York and the Lower Eastside Girls Club.

Bell by Bell features additional hand bell music compositions from composers Eric Beach, Dan Edinberg (The Stepkids), Nat Evans, Eric Frederic, Amy Garapic, Robert Honstein, Matt Marble and Alex Waterman.

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative