Lively Boombox Parades & NYC Holiday Concerts
Everyone knows Christmas in New York City is like no place in the world. While the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, ice skating in Central Park, and holiday window displays are likely the first things many people think of, a few new traditions have recently developed to rival these treasures with a fresh, hip approach to the holidays you won't find on a postcard. What such delights await your stay in NYC this season? Why, a pair of participatory "pop-up" musical events inspired by the time-tested communal art of Christmas caroling.
Make Music Across Manhattan with Unsilent Night
Washington Square Park Arch
December 18th, 5:45pm
Now celebrating its 25th year, this "boombox parade" brings Phil Kline's immersive composition of the same name to the streets of Manhattan, from Washington Square to Thompkins Park. Traversing West Village to East Village, throngs of modern-day carolers will synchronize their music players in a symphony of sonic holiday delight. Want to participate? The composer himself will be handing out a handful of vintage boomboxes, as well as CDs and tapes for those who bring their own. Your best bet is to download or stream one of the piece's four audio tracks, sync your mobile device to a portable speaker, and join the festive fun.
Serenade the Solstice at "Make Music Winter"
Inspired by Phil Kline's revolutionary street art composition (Unsilent Night now takes place in 101 cities around the world), "Make Music Winter" summons participants to a dozen similar parade-style performances across New York City, all in celebration of the solstice. A couple near NoMo SoHo include:
- The Gaits: A High Line Soundtrack - Download the app and meet at the Gansevoort Stairs on the southern end of High Line Park at 5pm for a musical stroll through one of NYC's most unique spaces.
- Village in Volume - Bring something to drum on and join this hourlong drumline through Greenwich, starting by Washington Square Fountain at 4:30pm.