Internationally acclaimed composer and University of New Orleans professor Yotam Haber connects this month with The Music Box Roving Village, an up-and-coming moveable performance presented by The Helis Foundation at New Orleans City Park.
WHEN: 7 and 9 p.m.,
Friday, April 3;
Saturday, April 4;
Friday, May 8;
Saturday, May 9
WHERE: City Park
Sunday April 19:
“Can I Eat That?Plants and Herbs of City Park, A Walking Discussion with Jen Stovall & Rachael Reeves of Maypop Herb Shop." To attend their plant walk from 4-6 p.m., you can register here: http://www.maypopherbshop.com
Sunday April 26:
“How Does it Come Together?”
Cross Disciplinary Collaborations—The Creative Processes, Risks and Journey-making
Moderated by Rick Snow
Yotam Haber, Composition Professor at UNO
Kiel Moe, Harvard professor of Architecture
Anna Haber, Visual Artist
Josh Wolf Shenk, Writer and Curator
Sunday May 3:
“What is Going to Happen?”
Our installation in City Park is built to respond to the natural environment. But what are other responses to the state of Louisiana wetlands?
Bob Marshall, Journalist
Moose Jackson, Artist & Activist
Mike Stagg, Executive Director at Free Louisiana, Inc.
The Music Box is an installation of interactive, musical structures that graced the Bywater neighborhood in 2011 and will now reside for six weeks under the live oaks of New Orleans City Park. The Music Box Roving Village project hosts orchestral performances, artist talks, educational workshops and free interactive hours where members of the public can play.
“This rambling, sonic city is engineered to be transportable with invented instruments embedded into the floors, walls, windows and ceilings of this brand new series of musical houses,” wrote local musician Alex Rawls on his blog, My Spilt Milk.
“Local and international artists, inventors, craftsmen and architects built these playable structures with the help of a variety of community partners ranging from non-profits and universities to children’s groups. This year, the musical houses will come together for the first time to create a traveling village of orchestral proportions - an amalgamation of architectural spaces, sound and performance.”
For the next six weeks, the project will sit on the old east golf course of City Park. Word on the street is that the roving village will also host secret pop-up concerts over Jazz Fest. The Music Box is located on Harrison Avenue in City Park about a hundred yards from Wisner Drive. A full schedule of artist talks is slated.
Haber, a visiting professor at UNO and new music leader who recently composed a symphony about the 1963 Birmingham bombings for the Birmingham Philharmonic entitled "A More Convenient Season," will be at the Music Box on Sunday, April 26.
He will participate in an artists' talk entitled “How Does it Come Together?” Cross Disciplinary Collaborations —The Creative Processes, Risks and Journey-making.”
The talk, moderated by Rick Snow, will include Kiel Moe, Harvard professor of Architecture, visual artist Anna Haber and Josh Wolf Shenk, writer and curator.
The Music Box Roving Village is sponsored by New Orleans Airlift, a self-described artist-driven initiative that collaborates and creates alongside New Orleans artists and communities. New Orleans Airlift was founded in 2008 by musician and artist manager Jay Pennington and Delaney Martin, a multi-media installation artist, "as a response to the unparalleled destruction of Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath," according to a bio. "The tragedy left local artists, like all New Orleanians, struggling for their lives and livelihoods."
Pennington and Martin recognized a need for new audiences who could support these artists as they rebuilt their city and dreamed up “a one-time project” that took city artists to Berlin. They called it The New Orleans Airlift after the Berlin Airlift of WWII.
“Other exchange projects that used an import/export model and a multidisciplinary approach soon followed and the name stuck,” the pair state on the Project Airlift website.
“Airlift programming highlights our city's underground art and under-the-radar artists, transporting the dynamic street culture, living folk culture and growing contemporary arts scene of New Orleans to far-flung locations around the world for exhibitions, workshops, festivals, performances, and collaborative projects.”
Airlift brings influential artists from abroad to participate in collaborative endeavors with local artists, the organization’s website states.
“We believe that collaboration between artists and across communities shares resources, empowers learning and unites disparate groups in common and powerful goals,” the website states. “New Orleans is the last great bastion of living folk culture in the United states. Airlift projects honor tradition alongside innovation, leading our artists, culture and communities in meaningful new directions.”