17 December 2007

Unsilent Night, Fredericton

Motion Ensemble and Gallery Connexion are presenting a short FREE show Friday, Dec 21st at 7 pm with works by Michael Miller, Peter Sculthorpe and W.L. Altman followed by the cult mass-participation piece Unsilent Night by Phil Kline.

A beautiful, mobile piece of ambient public art, Unsilent Night can be compared to a holiday caroling party—except that participants don't sing. Instead, each carries an ordinary boom box playing a separate cassette or CD that becomes part of the piece.

In effect, the individual participants become single elements in a huge, moving sound system. Performed within the confines of city streets, Unsilent Night reverberates off the cars and buildings, resulting in a magnificent, drifting cloud of shimmering, echoing sound. The 43-minute piece includes sounds of chiming bells, choral voices and various electronic effects. (Kline cites Brian Eno and Charles Ives among his influences.) Kline has performed Unsilent Night in New York City every year since 1992. In San Francisco in 2006, some 400 people took part.

If you can't bring a portable music player, come along anyway and enjoy yourself!

CDs and cassettes will be provided; if you want to download an MP3 for free, go here: www.unsilentnight.com/download/

Let's see how many folks we can get in Fredericton!
Don't forget your batteries!
Kids are welcome!
Make sure to dress warmly!

The event will be held rain or shine 7 pm at Gallery Connexion, 453 Queen St–Justice Building Annex. Tel 454.1433.

For more information on Unsilent Night, see these fine sites:

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temp: -8, wind chill of 16
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