The Music Box heads to City Park

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Published on: March 27th, 2015


City Park Music Box construction in progress
City Park Music Box construction in progress [Photo: @neworleans.airlift Instagram]

The famous Music Box is taking a ride--or an airlift, to be more precise. The interactive kinetic musical structures are on the move! The musical houses will be landing at various sites around New Orleans for the rest of the year, hosting performances, artist talks, educational workshops, and free hours where members of the public can play and interact with the structural instruments.

The first residency, “The Music Box Roving Village: City Park Presented by The Helis Foundation,” will be open from April 3-May 10 in City Park. The first concert there will feature New York City-based free jazz artist William Parker as he composes and conducts the Roving Village Orchestra on April 3rd and 4th. Featured musicians in the Roving Village Orchestra include Alex Ebert of the Magnetic Zeros; one of New Orleans most creative musicians, Quintron; Haitian-American singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla, and more.

The Music Box was originally born from artists Delaney Martin, Taylor Lee Shepherd, and Swoon in 2010. The first incarnation of the Music Box was created by 22 additional artists out of mostly salvaged building materials. More than 15,000 people came to interact with the instruments that are embedded in the walls, ceilings, and floors of the structures at its first location on Piety Street.

Tickets for the City Park performances are available here:

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Learn more about this incredible project and see it in action in the video below:

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