Watch So Percussion and Eli Keszler Perform Under the Manhattan Bridge

Eli Keszler and So Percussion Bring 'Archway' to Make Music New York

Friday, July 12, 2013

On June 21, the quartet So Percussion and the composer and percussionist Eli Keszler set up in a cavernous space under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn for the world premiere of Archway, an NPR Music commission.

The piece was mounted in collaboration with Q2 Music, Make Music New York, the New York City Department of Transportation, the DUMBO Improvement District and the PAN ACT Festival.

Performed on snare drums and crotales with mallets and bows, the commission took place within an installation created by Keszler (also called Archway) that used the Manhattan Bridge as a musical instrument. Motorized beaters vibrated piano wires that stretched from the bridge to the tops of nearby lamp posts to the ground to create a mesmerizing and enveloping backdrop of overtones colored with the sounds of the surrounding environment. 

NPR Music documented both the setup of the installation and the performance itself with the video below.


More in:

Comments [1]


I think this is the article. Jim

Jul. 19 2013 10:10 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.

Follow WQXR 







About Q2 Music

Q2 Music is WQXR’s online music station devoted to dynamic contemporary classical music, trailblazing ensembles and vibrant, live performances from New York City's leading new-music venues. Q2 Music lives online at and is accessible via the free WQXR app.


Follow Q2 Music