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Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra at The Met Breuer

  • The Met Breuer 945 Madison Avenue New York, NY, 10021 United States (map)

"Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra" is the first sound-based installation commissioned by The Met. Hybrid by design, it is a musical instrument, a series of live performances, and an installation composed of thirty-two sculptures, utilitarian vessels, and decorative objects from the Museum collection. Selected for their natural pitches, which range from low C to high G on the chromatic musical scale, they form an arresting and unexpectedly versatile instrument, similar to an organ with multiple pipes.

The Vessel Orchestra has two distinct modes. During Museum hours at The Met Breuer, a pre-programmed audio interface will play a new composition written by Beer, activating the vessels in real time—"player piano-style." On Friday evenings, the exhibition will feature a diverse group of guest artists who will perform new compositions and improvisations on this radical musical instrument in a series of intimate concerts.

Friday, July 26
Brooklyn Raga Massive (Roopa Mahadevan, Trina Basu, Amali Premawardhana, Roshni Samlal)

Performances are free with Museum admission. Schedule is subject to change.Limited seating; first come, first served.

The world premiere of Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra for The Met Breuer is made possible by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky, with additional support from the Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Fund.