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Public Program: Volker Goetze

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:00 pm

Turtle Bay Music School
330 E 38th St New York, NY, 10016 map

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.