Xenakis in a Boat

Waterfront Premiere of Xenakis' 'Persephassa' in Central Park Boating Lake

Monday, June 14, 2010

On June 21, 2010, Q2 asked you to help report -- through photographs, videos and social media -- on the surreal and intense performance of Iannis Xenakis' Persephassa (excerpt included above) on the Boating Lake in Central Park. With six percussionists, including founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars Steven Schick and former So Percussion-ist Doug Perkins, the afternoon's concert invited audience members to row out to the center of the lake for a surround-sound experience unlike any other.

We wanted your reactions: on-site photos; YouTube videos; we wanted to light up the Facebook and Twitter-spheres (#xenakisinaboat) and show our national and international friends that no terrain in New York City is unchartered when it comes to presenting complex, exciting New Music.

We are happy to offer a near-complete video from Liubo Borissov of the second performance of Persephassa as well as a slideshow of photographs. Thanks to everyone who sent in materials!

 

Rowboats assembled for Persephassa
Clarice Jensen
Rowboats assembled for Persephassa
Overlooking drums and audience before the performance
Clarice Jensen
Overlooking drums and audience before the performance
Queue before first performance of Persephassa
Clarice Jensen
Queue before first performance of Persephassa
Persephassa in process
Yotam Haber
Persephassa in process
Percussionist Doug Perkins
Clarice Jensen
Percussionist Doug Perkins
Percussionist Brett Reed
Clarice Jensen
Percussionist Brett Reed
Percussionist Brett Reed
Clarice Jensen
Percussionist Brett Reed
Percussionist Nathan Davis
Clarice Jensen
Percussionist Nathan Davis
At the conclusion of the first performance
Clarice Jensen
At the conclusion of the first performance

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