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Sonic Innovations (opening)

  • Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts 149 Girdle Ridge Road Katonah, NY, 10536 United States (map)

Open your ears.

Sonic Innovations continues to expand Caramoor’s programming with an annual exhibition of sound art, curated by Stephan Moore, from artists working with sonic materials outside the traditions of concert music. Each artist has drawn inspiration from their chosen location, creating work that is mindful of the natural and human-made sounds and systems already present in the environment, while engaging each site’s unique characteristics — be they acoustic, historic, architectural, or natural.

Opening in June! Free and open during Box Office hours and on concert days this summer.


Nafisi Yako ni ya Kijani consists of a handmade white oak rocking chair and sound vessels suspended in nearby trees. When in use, the rocker signals the sound vessels and the sonic landscape shifts toward East Africa. The sounds are a combination of composed works, field recordings, birdsong, and conversation. All the birds in the piece are from the region in Tanzania where the artist’s late father grew up. Many of them sound remarkably like Caramoor residents and the blending of the two worlds is intentional. His late mother’s influence is also palpable since she was an artist and deeply supported his creative endeavors. The piece is a reflection on the the way loss transforms over time. It is a celebration of those relationships, what we leave behind and what we carry forward when our loved ones are no longer here. Nafasi Yako... was originally commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center.

Earlier Event: July 21
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