August 9 11:00am - 1:00pm

McIntyre’s “Presencing Piece No.1” | SummerStreets/Federal Plaza

TILT Brass performs CJM's Presencing Piece No.1

Presencing Piece No. 1 (Fed Plaza) (2014)

by Chris McIntyre
in collaboration with TILT Brass, Ed Bear, Tristan Shepherd, and David Shively
A site-specific performance and installation at Jacob K. Javits Federal Building Plaza

Chris McIntyre
– Composer and Creative Director
TILT Brass – performance ensemble
David Shively
– feed-back drums
Ed Bear – Creative Technical Director
Tristan Shepherd – software design

TILT Brass
Gareth Flowers, Mike Gurfield, Tim Leopold, Stephanie Richards, Dan Urness
Jen Baker
Jacob GarchikSam KulikWill Lang, Matt MeloreJames RogersPeter Zummo

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Conceived and Directed by composer, trombonist, and TILT Brass Director Chris McIntyre, Presencing Piece No.1 (Fed Plaza) is a collaborative, site-specific sonic experience designed for the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building Plaza at 26 Federal Plaza. Presencing Piece features a 12-piece compliment of Brooklyn-based experimental music group TILT Brass (trumpet quintet, trombone septet), Either/Or percussionist David Shively, and a state-of-the-art implementation of PA speakers. McIntyre positions the live musicians and speakers around the plaza to amplify and accentuate its physical and intangible properties. The multi-channel PA system is broadcasting sound via infrared technology that also enables interactive audience influence on what’s heard during the performance. The goal of the project for McIntyre and his collaborators (including Tech Director Ed Bear) is to transform the audience’s experience of the plaza itself as they are immersed within the overall composition.

Inspired by artist Richard Serra’s site-specific sculpture Tilted Arc which occupied Federal Plaza in the 1980’s, McIntyre’s Presencing Piece also aims to create a dialogue between the present and past of the site. Text-based sounds tell non-linear histories with content such as lists of geologic data, facts about the local pre-colonial population, and fragments of social and political narratives. In addition to projection from the on-site PA, these sounds are available for listening in personal earphones from “hidden” online sources throughout the event (directed via QR-code posters).

Location: 26 Federal Plaza, New York, NY  [MAP]
2014 Summer