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Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra Live Performance

Free with Museum admission

Ekmeles with Bruce Brubaker
Charlotte Mundy
, soprano
Amber Evans
, soprano
Jeffrey Gavett
, baritone
Steven Hrycelak
, bass

Live performance of music by John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Philip Glass, and early medieval monophony.

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, 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.

Free with Museum admission

See the full schedule of performances.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra.

This performance installation is made possible in part by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky.

This program is made possible by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.

All Upcoming


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