New music crosses New York lines in 11 subway wi-fi link-up

October 22, 2014 by norman lebrecht

1 comment.

Ljova Zhurbin introduces …. a short experimental video project that we’ve just uploaded — young filmmaker Chris Shimojima commissioned me to write a composition for 11 NYC subway buskers, who would be connected via the newly-established wifi network to play a song together.

The instrumentation was too good to pass up — musical saw, theremin, accordion, guitar, beatbox, as well as the more common instruments like trumpet, viola, cello and bass, and percussionists from Jamaica and Trinidad. Chance of a lifetime — and,  I was conscripted to conduct.

Did it work out?

Take a look at this video, freshly uploaded this morning:



wifi available



Comments (1)

  1. NYMike says:

    Take that, Paris Metro!

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