The First Festivals
The events documented here are among the highlights of Ear to the Earth festivals that took place between 2006 and 2013.
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.
The theme was New York, borough by borough. Milica Paranosic composed in the Bronx. And Joel Chadabe & Joe Kubera recorded in Staten Island.
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.
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)
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.
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.