It’s been some time since our last post here on ¡dpm does! For that, you can blame Make Music New York, which has taken over every waking (and, sometimes, sleeping) moment for the past six weeks. The big day was June 21 — and now, we’re back!
MMNY is the city-wide musical celebration that takes place in public spaces across the five boroughs annually on the summer solstice. The idea — a holiday for music! — was started in Paris in the ’80s, and has since become an international phenomenon, celebrated in some 400+ cities world wide. It’s an amazing thing. (I interviewed the Parisians on the eve of their 30th anniversary in 2011 — you can read about how the whole thing got started here.)
I’d say our seventh New York City iteration was a success — more than 1,000 free, outdoor concerts across the five boroughs! It was a gloriously sunny day of creativity and music making — can’t think of a better way to welcome summer.
As the new Director of Operations, I spent most of the day running from borough to borough, seeing as much as possible (and missing even more, sadly.) First to Cornelia Street, to witness our breaking the Guinness world record for largest keyboard ensemble, then over to the Hudson River Trust stage on the pier for electronica, down to DUMBO to see the Hungry March Band at Galapagos, bluegrass in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Eli Keszler’s piano wire installation, back in to Manhattan for Credo in Central Park with a quick stop by Gale Brewer’s garden party, then home to Willamsburg for concerts at City Reliquary and McCarren Park. Then, Saturday we were off to Staten Island for the sixth annual Punk Island!
Here are some of my favorite moments from MMNY 2013!