As part of the free summer concert series Make Music New York, NPR Music commissioned installation artist Eli Keszler and So Percussion for a collaboration called “Archway” which was premiered on June 21, 2013. As an instrumental partner, they brought a New York landmark: the Manhattan Bridge.

Keszler’s installation featured piano wires, motors and processors, fastened to lampposts and the bridge itself. For the evening performance, once the installation was completed, Keszler joined So Percussion to complete the work. Be sure to listen with some good cans or speakers. The video does a really nice job of trying to capture the aura and mood of the performance. What are your reactions to this kind of collaboration? Leave those, or any other thoughts below the post.

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Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Dave Gerhart

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