The First Festivals

The events documented here are among the highlights of Ear to the Earth festivals that took place between 2006 and 2013.

 

2012

Notable events included a major salute to John Cage. And a conceptual group improvisation organized by Daniel Neumann and Gill Arno based on the ideas of French anthropologist Marc Augé.

100 x John (New York, Ear to the Earth 2012) ... more
Non-Place/Place (New York, Ear to the Earth 2012)
 

2011

The theme was New York, borough by borough. Milica Paranosic composed in the Bronx. And Joel Chadabe & Joe Kubera recorded in Staten Island.

A Bronx Tale (New York, Ear to the Earth 2011)
Staten Island in Sound (New York, Ear to the Earth 2011)
 

2010

R. Murray Schafer, founder of Acoustic Ecology, visited New York. An evening sail on the Clearwater sloop prefaced the festival. And Orrechio alla Terra, organized by David Monacchi in Pesaro, was our Italian counterpart.

Acoustic Ecology (New York, Ear to the Earth 2010)
Clearwater Soundscape (New York, Ear to the Earth 2010)
Orecchio alla Terra (Pesaro, Urbino, Italy, Ear to the Earth 2010)
 

2009

Yoko Ono's early composition was realized at Nekabong Lodge in northern Quebec Province, and performed in New York by Gayle Young, Madeleine Shapiro, and Esther Lamneck.

Yoko Ono's Secret Piece (New York, Ear to the Earth 2009)
 

2007

The festival of 2007 was about water. John Cage's Dip in the Lake, conceived in Toronto, was performed in New York by Gayle Young, William Blakeney, and George Boski. Flussi Correnti (Flowing Currents), organized by Kristin Jones, with Ear to the Earth friendship, took place along the shores of the Tiber River in Rome.

A Dip in the Lake (New York, Ear to the Earth 2007)
Flussi Correnti (Rome, Tevereterno 2007)
 

2006

This was the first festival. Bernie Krause's remarkable recordings created an atmosphere in the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center. Annea Lockwood presented her document of the Danube. Suspended Sounds, a moving experience, was an installation that presented sounds, provided by the Macaulay Library of the Cornell University Lab of ornithology, of extinct, threatened and endangered species.

Calls of the Wild (New York, Ear to the Earth 2006)
Sound Map of the Danube (New York, Ear to the Earth 2006)
Suspended Sounds (New York, Ear to the Earth 2006)