Make Music Winter, Friday, Dec. 21st

Winter Solstice Procession: Will Epstein in Collaboration with Kenny Wollesen

This piece, conceived by Will Epstein and performed in collaboration with Kenny Wollesen and his group, was created to be a ritualized induction and celebration of Arlene Shechet’s work. The performers communicate with each other from varying distances in the park, blending in with sounds of the space as well as playing through them. Undulating in and out of proximity with each other, the musicians become part of the park while simultaneously transforming the landscape into something out of the ordinary. Traversing the familiar pathways of the park and into the instillation area, they siphon the energy around them and meld it with their own sonic force, wrapping it all around the space and highlighting it as a truly special and unusual retreat.

This program is produced by Madison Square Park Conservancy.

The procession kicks off at 5:00 PM in Madison Square Park, between Fifth & Madison Avenues, 23rd & 26th Streets, and runs until 5:30 PM. Take the N, R, or 6 train to 23rd Street.

Just show up to enjoy and join the fun!

Kenny Wollesen is an American drummer and percussionist and has recorded and toured with Tom WaitsSean LennonRon SexsmithBill FrisellNorah JonesJohn LurieMyra MelfordSteven Bernstein and John Zorn. He is a founding member of the New Klezmer Trio and a member of the Sex Mob and Himalayas groups.


Our mission is to protect, nurture, and enhance Madison Square Park, a dynamic seven-acre public green space, creating an environment that fosters moments of inspiration. As stewards, we strive to engage the community through our beautiful gardens, inviting amenities, and world-class programming. We believe that in an urban setting everyone deserves access to a park that allows for recreation, respite, and reflection.

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative