Kansas City, MO
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:00PM
Fifth Annual UNSILENT NIGHT Kansas City
Boombox Christmas Parade with Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night
Through the Country Club Plaza and along Brush Creek
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Join us for Unsilent Night Kansas City, one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you'll ever encounter. Dust off that retro cassette or CD boombox, or use your cell phone's music player with portable speaker... just come prepared to create a joyful noise!!! You'll help create a roving holiday sound installation in this unique "caroling" event of music rather than singing. It's not traditional carols, but more of a moving, morphing sound collage of bells and chimes, voices, and wall-of-sound textures with a holiday flavor. It's a Christmas cheer tradition for our times, a modern twist on strolling minstrels and caroling parties.
Simply bring a boombox or some other mp3 player loaded with one of the piece's four tracks. We'll also have some CDs and cassettes on hand for those who add a comment requesting one. When we're all assembled, we'll push play and stroll through a pre-planned route showcasing beautiful views of the Christmas lights around the beautiful Country Club Plaza and Brush Creek. If you plan to use an mp3 player, please bring a portable speaker - get creative and make it festive!
HOW IT WORKS:
Music sample and interview with the composer:
>>5:00 - Meet in the bar at The Cheesecake Factory on the Country Club Plaza (4701 Wyandotte St) for drinks and conversation. I'll have CDs and cassette tapes for those who signed up for them. Please return all CDs and cassettes at the end of the event - they take a lot of time and money to replace.
>>6:00 - Gather on the outdoor patio of The Cheesecake Factory. I'll quickly pass out remaining media and give instructions. We will walk promptly at 6:15 PM and unfortunately will not be able to include latecomers. Be sure to check batteries and charge levels on boomboxes and mp3 players before the event. This is a PARTICIPATORY holiday sound experience, so the more playback devices, the better!
After the "caroling" walk, some of us will go for food and conversation at a nearby restaurant.