Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra
Where: The Met Breuer
945 Madison Ave.
212-535-7710 Price: Free with museum admission
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Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra is the first sound-based installation commissioned by The Met. Hybrid by design, it is a musical instrument, a series of live performances, and an installation composed of thirty-two sculptures, utilitarian vessels, and decorative objects from the Museum collection. Selected for their natural pitches, which range from low C to high G on the chromatic musical scale, they form an arresting and unexpectedly versatile instrument, similar to an organ with multiple pipes.
The Vessel Orchestra has two distinct modes. During Museum hours, a pre-programmed audio interface will play a new composition written by Beer, activating the vessels in real time—”player piano-style.” On Friday evenings, the exhibition will feature a diverse group of guest artists who will perform new compositions and improvisations on this radical musical instrument in a series of intimate concerts. All performances on Friday evenings. Set times to be announced. Schedule below is subject to change.
Friday, July 5
Ekmeles with Bruce Brubaker
Music by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Philip Glass and early medieval monophony
Friday, July 12
Mashrou Leila (Firas Abou Fakher, Hamed Sinno, Haig Papazian, Carl Gerges) with Rabih Almuddine
Friday, July 19
Matana Roberts with Darius Jones
Friday, July 26
Women’s Raga Massive (Roopa Mahadevan, Trina Basu, Amali Premawardhana, Roshni Samal)
Friday, August 2
Nico Muhly and friends
Friday, August 9
John Zorn with Sara Serpa, Sae Hashimoto, Kenny Wollesen, Ikue Mori
Performances are free with Museum admission.
Limited seating; first come, first served.
Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra is on view at The Met Breuer, Floor 5, Tuesday, July 2–Sunday, August 11, 2019Buy tickets/get more info now