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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Music for 9 Basses and 1 Cello

There was an unexpected musical and visual event this evening - nine acoustic bassists and one cellist rehearsing, forming a long line underneath the Washington Square Arch, which forms a natural outdoor acoustic chamber. A crowd had spontaneously gathered. Among audiences, many higher pitched instruments (such as the violin) typically garner the most attention. However, there are musicians who feel that instruments with a lower range, such as the bass, have a greater visceral impact, yet have been largely seen as a supporting instrument. The lack of repertoire for these instruments reinforces this. All this is what makes such an ensemble a pleasant surprise. As it turns out, the group was the NYU Bass ensemble, which suggests that there is a whole world of music being performed that features predominantly very deep notes...

9 comments:

Nuno said...

That is big big advantage living in NY, all kind of music is everywhere at anytime.

Dustin said...

I've only just found your site through menggareng's Moscow daily. I love the photos and the commentaries. New York is the city I most want to visit and your pictures and stories just make me want to go even more. I'll be back as often as I can. Look forward to the next post.

luggi said...

Fascinating post as always. The kid on the far left is playing with a broken foot. Great style though.

Sam said...

I bet the music was beautiful!!

Rob said...

That's a lot of double basses - must sound great, all those deep vibrations are picked up in the abdomen and gut and produce a really nice feeling

menggarang said...

Wow, this is great, unexpected surprises like street conserts are always pleasure.

Brian said...

Yes, we always remark that you wouldn't see this in --- (fill in the blank, some town in the USA or the suburban areas) --- so we feel lucky to run into these things here...
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Natalie said...

That's awesome! I wish I could have been there to hear it.

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