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Placed Notes Opus 2, 3 & 4

Sunday, October 3, 2021, 2:00 pm4:00 pm


Sunday, October 3, 2021
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Free / Donations welcome

A spaced composition for 31 Performing Artists

Performance will take place on the grounds surrounding the Staten Island Museum

Join artist, composer, and trumpeter Volker Goetze and 31 other performers for an interactive musical experience. The audience moves through the compositions and forms to experience changing sounds from darker to lighter, major to minor, and descending to ascending sounds. The compositions are placed notes organized in space creating a musical tunnel or spiral with specific soundscape concepts – one parameter being the cardinal points: lighter keys in the south, darker keys and modes in the north, ascending sounds in the east and descending sounds in the West. The musicians will walk freely in space and improvise. The second composition creates a tunnel which the audience can walk through hearing a melody at the speed they choose to move. A third composition will position the musician in a spiral which the audience can walk inside or leave to experience other cords and sounds preorganized by imaginary diagonals.

The first Opus of “Place Notes” was performed at the “Supergau” festival in Germany, which brought contemporary art to the German countryside.


About Volker Goetze:
Artist, composer and trumpeter Volker Goetze arrived in New York 20 years ago. His contributions to the art world and city are multifaceted. He recently produced New York City’s first Sound Sculpture Walk (Sonic Gates), toured the globe for over 12 years with his transcultural African-Harp and trumpet duo, released multiple jazz albums including large ensembles and orchestral while also creating feature documentaries – uplifting and inspiring communities and fans. His recordings received highest honors as best World Music Release by Public Radio International and reached #1 on iTunes. Past performances include the Jazz Gallery New York, LA Festival of Sacred Music, Paris Jazz Festival, Jazz A Vienne, New Philharmonie Paris, Munich Opera Festival, and Panama World Music Festival. In 2017 Volker Goetze received the EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency and composed a VR work about New York City’s mass grave on Hart Island titled ‘Unique Places of Death NYC.’ Currently he is working on a Community VR Performance about indigenous homelessness and genocide celebrating culture overcoming historic trauma funded by the McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum.

This program is made possible by the New York City Artist Corps.

Performing Artists

Kurt Bacher (Saxophone)
Emma Burge (Violin)
Katie Down (Flutes)
Kevin Edel (Saxophone)
Oran Etkin (Clarinet)
Mario Layne Fabrizio (Drums)
Ben Feldman (Bass)
Henry Fraser (Bass)
Phillip Golub (Keyboard)
Sipho Kunene (Drums)
Zach Layton (Guitar)
Jeffrey Lependorf (Flutes)
Lara Ngoc-Lan Lewison (Violin)
Melissa Lubars (Vocals)
Matt Malanowski (Keyboard)
Michael Morreale (Trumpet)
Michael Mossmann (Trumpet)
Dafna Naphtali (Voice)
Lee Odem (Saxophones)
George Odero (Orutu)
AJ Pantaleo (Percussion)
Rick Parker (Trombone)
Sergio Reyes (Violin)
Shawn Rhoades (Trombone)
Ray Scro (Baritone Saxophone)
Marianne Shaneen (Voice)
Kevin Sun (Saxophone)
Hans Tammen (Strings)
Kenny Warren (Trumpet)
Max ZT (Dulcimer)