Make Music New York

Mon Jun 21, 2021
Various times

Make Music New York returns for a 15th year with performances of music by New Yorkers. Musicians of diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, physical capabilities, and skill levels represent New York City’s remarkable creativity and diversity.


The Apollo Presents: Respect the House reclaims House music with sets by DJ Jess, the house DJ for Amateur Night at the Apollo; Tina Dixon from House in Harlem on WHCR-FM; DJ Black Icon 1 from The Harlem Connection on WBAI-FM; and DJ, songwriter, music curator and educator LiKWUID (Stylez), a frequent collaborator with Apollo Education Programs.

• Masaya Ishigure and Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble, presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan and Bryant Park, celebrates Japanese music and culture by looking back and forward. Set one is ensemble music composed in Japan, building on traditional melodies;’ set two is a small ensemble performance that demonstrates the flexibility of the koto and shamisen in a fusion with Western instruments.

• Mozart’s Requiem is a special performance of Mozart’s master work that is dedicated to all New Yorkers who lost their loves to COVID. The performance, at Oculus Plaza, will be led by conductor Douglass Anderson and producer Melissa Gerstein.

• Music Traveler at Oculus takes place from the ground level of Downtown’s famed public transit hub and features five lively and interactive piano-centric sets: “Everyone’s Baby,” produced by Lynn Yen; “Live by Living People,” produced by Hyung-Ki Too; “Literally, It Goes with Everything,” produced by Elias Constantopedos; “Multi-Instrumentalism,” produced by Julia Rhee; and “Melt the Melting Pot,” produced by Louise Lau.

• Stonewall Sings, from the Stonewall National Monument in the heart of Greenwich Village, will feature an all-day lineup of predominantly LGBTQIA musicians.


• Darmstadt’s 17th Annual In C is a free, hourlong performance from Harborview Lawn at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 in which the Brooklyn ensemble brings together stars of the experimental music community for its critically-acclaimed interpretation of Terry Riley’s 1964 masterwork of minimalism.

• Flowerpot Music, which is written by Elliott Cole and directed by Peter Ferry, is a composition for an unlikely but beautiful percussion instrument: the flowerpot. People will gather in Prospect Park’s Nethermead to create outdoor soundscapes through easy-to-learn games, appropriate for musicians and non-musicians alike.

• MAD about Make Music, which is presented by the Montague BID, Atlantic Avenue BID, and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, is a celebratory musical march with a percussion band from neighborhood to neighborhood to unite communities and fill the streets with music. The march will feature Dawn Drake and ZapOte, with plenty more musicians along the route.


• Bronx Arts Ensemble is activating Train Park Garden with a special performance by violinist and composer Evelyn Petcher, featuring her original folk music arrangements and pieces for solo violin, paired with short excerpts from classic solo violin sonatas by J.S. Bach and Eugene Ysaye.

• New Bronx City, taking place from Lou Gehrig Plaza and the surrounding blocks, is a daylong, multidisciplinary celebration of the borough’s diverse communities and cultures that will entertain and encourage people to imagine a Bronx that is cleaner, safer, fairer and healthier.


• Pecussia’s Maracatu will lead an interactive drum jam influenced by Maracatu samba from the northeast Brazilian state of Pernambuco, in a route that kicks off from Travers Park and heads along the newly created 34th Avenue Open Street in Jackson Heights.

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