Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence). Widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, she is the former North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard. She has also been an on-air contributor to many public radio programs, including WNYC’s Soundcheck, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Savvy Traveler, Public Radio International’s Weekend America, and the BBC’s The World.
Sometimes we like to turn things up really loud, especially in the summertime. So for this year's edition of Make Music New York, we commissioned Sunny Jain, founder of Red Baraat, to write a new song that would kick off the season in massive, marching-band style. He came back to us with "100+ BPM."
All wind, brass players and percussionists — individuals and ensembles, amateur, student or professional — are invited to join in the world-premiere performance.
Alongside the full lineup of Red Baraat, the drumlines of the New York Giants, New York Knicks and New York Jets, as well as members of the Asphalt Orchestra, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Maracatu New York and several local marching bands are already confirmed to participate — more than 100 musicians so far. The performance will be recorded for a video that will premiere later this summer as part of our Field Recordings series.
If you'd like to play, here are the basics: On Saturday, June 21, you should arrive at the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, N.Y.) familiar with the piece, warmed up and ready to play no later than 4:30 p.m. ET. For more background, check out the full details of the event.
To participate, just download the PDF score of "100+ BPM" and start practicing — Sunny Jain has provided both the full score and separated parts so that you can make marching-band flip books if you like. See you in Brooklyn!
'100+ BPM' — click the image to access a PDF