It first sounded like a small, no-frills concert in a carefully controlled environment: Jazz musician John Batiste performed on a piano in an auditorium at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side, with about 50 health care workers Performed for the audience. In evenly spread rows – some worn scrubs, others army fatigues.
The dancer Iodelle Cassell began tapping her amplified convulsion roll filling the room, with no music accompaniment other than her voice recording. And opera singer Anthony Roth Costanzo performed “Ave Maria” in Counternor’s angelic tone.
But in about half an hour, the performers stepped off the stage and exited the room, which had begun as a formal concert in a breathtaking procession of music and dancing as they walked through the sterile building – The convention center was turned into a field hospital early in the epidemic and is now a mass vaccination site – where hundreds of optimists came in on Saturday afternoon to take their shots.
Batiste switched melodica, a toilet, hand held eid instrument with a keyboard, and the troupe of musicians – which expanded to include a horn section and percussionist – by crossing the escalator and eventually through the convention center Reached a high. The terrace room where dozens of people waited quietly for 15 minutes after getting their vaccinations.
The concert-turn-roaming-party was the first in a series of “pop-up” shows in New York, aimed at giving artists a setback by providing paid work and art to the audience, with opportunities to see live performances after nearly a year Was. Darkness in theaters and concert halls. Andrew M. Cuomo announced plans last month for a series called “NY Popsup”, declaring that “we must bring art and culture back to life,” adding that his revival would be key to New York’s economic revival. Faridabad. Shows are on fire to deal with the death of COVID-19 of nursing home residents.
Because the event is wary of the drawing crowd, most of the exhibits will unfold unannounced, in parks, museums, parking lots and street corners. The idea is to inject a dose of inspiration into the lives of New Yorkers – a moment in which they can stop their determined life and witness art during an epidemic year in which human interaction is limited and stringent restrictions on people’s activities has been applied.
“We need more ease; Batiste said in an interview what its beauty is. “You don’t know what’s around the corner.”
As the group of musicians passed through the Javits Center, an audience of health care workers followed them, clapping and recording the spectacle on their phones. Batiste, a band from “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, inspired their musicians through the space (most of them having played with the show’s home band, including Andrea Owens on bass, saxophone Includes Tween Pennycott, and Joe Sailor and Negah. Santos on the collision).
Savannah in New York, Ga. Brae Williams, a 35-year-old nurse at Eye Blue Scrubs, looked wide-eyed.
“Do you do all this here all the time?” He said with a laugh.
Shortly before the concert ended, some health care workers left to continue their work day (this concert was taking place at the time of their break, after all).
The series is housed by a public-private partnership led by producers Scott Rudin and Jane Rosenthal, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts and Empire State Development. Zac Vinokur, in charge of programming and interdisciplinary artist, said the group aims to deliver more than 300 pop-up performances through Labor Day and in and around the state. The artists are selected by a council of artists – among them Batiste, Cassel and Costanjo – who are each asked to tap into their own network to find participants.
“It’s been a long time since I performed live,” Vinokur said in an interview. “It needs an intense experience right now.”
After the first performance at the Javits Center, the musicians headed to Brooklyn, where they embarked on another flash-crowd-style street jam, starting at Cadman Plaza Park and ending at a skatepark via Dumbo in their The path closed, where the teen noticed them. Before eagerly returning to their skateboard. The free, mobile concert by Batiste called “Prem Dangal” has previously been planned on social media. It travels along a sidewalk and slow snow, sometimes slowing traffic.
Stopped by tap dancing on the street, Castle clapped rhythmically with his hands clapping metal plates on tap shoes; Costenzo danced with the band and at one point grabbed a megaphone to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
While the music was intended to provide an effortless performance for passers-by, the march itself was as tightly controlled as any epidemic-era event. Security personnel guided members of the musical troupe around uneven terrain and dog waste. Another employee asked the audience to disperse when they started breaking social distance guidelines.
Despite the logistics that went into it, the plan succeeded in becoming an innate curiosity for dozens of people who unexpectedly encountered music. Walking in narrow streets and commercial streets, the band caused people to stop, stare and sometimes slip a bit. Children through windows along Washington Street; A doorman exited an apartment building to see what all the noise was about; Pharmacy employees bent out of the gate to take out a procession down the sidewalk.
However, not everyone appreciated music. At one point, someone inside an apartment building started throwing objects at marchers from several floors upstairs (one of the security staff said that he thought he saw an orange juice container and a trophy collided with ice. Went).
Accustomed to improvising, the band merely dodged flying objects and marched more quickly, never stopping the music.