Make Music Winter, Friday, Dec. 21st

The Gaits: A High Line Soundwalk

Gaits is an immersive, site-specific parade featuring commissioned compositions by Lainie Fefferman, Jascha Narveson and Cameron Britt and  in which the wonders of our everyday technology transform participants’ movements into musical improvisations.Paraders attach their smart phones to small, wearable speakers and use a free app that captures the GPS coordinates and velocities of their movements to trigger a variety of twinkling metallic sounds, electric guitar chords, dulcimer notes, water splashes, car horns and applause – empowering marchers to effortlessly make music while interacting with their environment and each other.

This program is produced in partnership with Friends of the High Line.

Participants should arrive no later than 5:45pm at the southern end of The High Line, at the base of the Gansevoort Stairs, at Gansevoort and Washington Streets. Elevator access is available to the left of the main entryway stairs. The parade departs at 6:00pm sharp and proceeds north along the elevated park to W 30th Street. Take the A,C,E or L train to 14th Street and Eighth Avenue.

Please RSVP ahead of time by visiting The High Line events page and clicking on the green “Register” button. Prior to arriving, please download to your smartphone the free Gaits app for iOS or Android to avoid any last minute difficulties with the process. Small, portable speakers will be available on loan for the first 120 participants to arrive, or feel free to bring your own battery-powered unit.  Also, remember to bring your own lightning => 1/8″ adapter if you own a newer model smartphone that does not have its own headphone jack!

New York composer Lainie Fefferman has written music for voices, orchestral instruments, banjoes, bagpipes, shawms, car parts, and electronic media. Her music draws inspiration from the rigorous, the gorgeous, the nasty, and the zany. She began her studies as a math major, but ended up a composer at Yale and is now working toward a PhD in composition at Princeton. Her recent collaborators include Newspeak, JACK Quartet, So Percussion, and the electric guitar quartet Dither. She has sung at the United Nations, been a rehearsal pianist at Westminster Choir College, and performed on kazoo with the Bang on a Can All-Stars.

Jascha Narveson was raised in a concert hall and put to sleep as a child with an old vinyl copy of the Bell Laboratories mainframe computer singing “Bicycle Built for Two.” Awash in the sounds of chamber music recitals in his parents’ house-concert series from an early age, he spent his high-school years playing in improvisatory un-music bands and listening to increasingly esoteric music from various corners of the globe and subcultural strata of the industrialized world. These influences mixed with intensive traditional training in North and South Indian rhythmic traditions, a summer residency with Bang On A Can, and degrees in acoustic and electronic composition from Wilfrid Laurier University, Wesleyan’s MA in experimental and world music, and Princeton’s doctoral program. His music is a vibrant testament to these influences, combining the Western composer’s love of novelty with an unshakable devotion to rhythm, physicality and “flow” inherited from everywhere else. His music has been played in many places by many people, some of them famous, others deserving of fame, all of them deserving of thanks.

N. Cameron Britt is a percussionist, composer, and instrument builder. He invented the EMvibe, an electromagnetically actuated vibraphone. As a percussionist he has performed extensively with the North Carolina Symphony and is active as a creator and interpreter of new music. His compositions have been performed by the Brentano String Quartet, So Percussion, Ensemble Klang, janus, NOW Ensemble, and the electronica duo Matmos. He has worked with the laptop ensembles Sideband and PLOrk and is interested in creating new electronic instruments in both hardware and software. He received his PhD in Composition from Princeton University and currently teaches percussion at Duke University.

Daniel Iglesia creates music and media for humans, computers, and broad interactions of the two. His works have taken the form of concert works for instruments and electronics, live audio and video performance, generative and interactive installations, and collaborations with many disciplines such as theater and dance. He co-led PLOrk (the Princeton Laptop Orchestra) for three seasons. He plays with Spirograph Agnew and Sideband. He made MobMuPlat. He currently works at Google.


The High Line is an elevated freight line transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. Friends of The High Line, the nonprofit conservancy that maintains and operates the park, offers a full calendar of free programs aiming to build a diverse, inclusive community around the park. For a full listing of events, please visit

Watch a video from the 2012 version of The Gaits 2012, created by I Care If You Listen.)

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative