Public Program: Volker Goetze
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:00 pm
Unique Places of Death NYC & Secret Island: A pre-performance of excerpts including a panel discussion with Melinda Hunt from The Hart Island Project and the composer Volker Goetze.
Volker Goetze – Composer, Trumpeter, Filmmaker
Oran Etkin – Clarinet
Max ZT – Dulcimer
Yacouba Sissoko – African Harp
Nick Dunston – Upright Bass
Mario Layne Fabrizio – Drums
Composer and multimedia artist Volker Goetze created a new original work for African harp, dulcimer, bass clarinet, trumpet, percussion and New York City sounds and visuals.
The composer uses 3D immersive audio and 360 video to fully capture the “Unique places of Death;” places in New York City where an individual died outside of a hospital, nursing home or hospice. They are buried among other unclaimed and unidentified people in a mass gravesite on Hart Island on the eastern edge of the Bronx.
The composer visited the “Unique Places of Death” throughout the city for inspiration and to compose music onsite becoming intimately connected to the places.
“Secret Island” is a photography and music project about the forgotten borough of New York – Staten Island – telling the untold stories about historic events which shaped Staten Island going back to the prehistoric ice age up until today.
The concert will consist of 20 minute excerpts of both projects followed by a panel discussion with the composer and the director of The Hart Island Project.