River to River'sr EX-SITU series of site-specific performances concluded last night at South Street Seaport's Pier 15: a surprisingly sleek and peaceful space surrounded by water, and a far cry the tourist-clogged shopping mall known as Pier 17. Pianist Hauschka, former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and Múm percussionist Samuli Kosminen improvised for over an hour on the open-air stage, mixing their instruments with electronics and other effects to produce a transporting, ecstatic soundscape. (Hauschka played prepared piano, filled with duct tape and other doodads, while Zeigler played electric cello.)
After the main performance, the three musicians were joined by bandoneón player Claudio Prima for an extended encore that spun out into a full-on rock jam, inciting lots of head nods near where I was standing—including several pleasantly surprised suits who stopped by on their way home from the neighboring towers of banks and brokerages.
As with Tuesday's performance of The Violin at Federal Hall, the performance was presented by Paola Prestini's Original Music Workshop, currently under construction and set to open next year. At first glance, the space looks to be one of the most exciting new entries into the NYC music scene in some time, serving as both an incubator and performance space smack dab in the middle of Williamsburg's North 6th Street, directly adjacent to both Public Assembly and MHOW. I spoke briefly with Paola after the performance, and she could barely contain her enthusiasm for the project; stay tuned for more info.
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