WASHINGTON DC — Echo Chamber is an interactive sound sculpture that encompasses public art, musical composition, and piano performance. It is a collaboration between site-specific artist Mark Reigelman, music composer David Bird, and pianist Ning Yu. Echo Chamber is a musical and visual experience that invites the community to explore, listen, and speak, and challenges the ways in which we experience music and art in both public and private spaces.
Extending over 11 feet into the air, Echo Chamber consists of 56 stacked metal tubes creating an enormous facade of resonance and reflectivity. While some of the custom tubes will be hollow chambers, others will be tuned to a unique resonant frequency and contain a multichannel composition by David Bird. The composition utilizes two primary sound materials: prerecorded environmental sounds around GW’s campus and a piano performance by Ning Yu. The spacious harmonies of the composition work to intertwine, complement, and reinforce the acoustic properties of the sculpture.
Funding for this project is provided by the George Washington University Columbian College Facilitating Fund and CCAS Nick-of-Time Impact Microgrants. Special thanks to Corcoran School of the Arts and Design Music Program and Gallery 102.
PROGRAMS & EVENTS
- Monday April 15, 2019 // 3:00 pm & 5:00 pm - Join David, Mark, Ning, the Corcoran Music Program, and Gallery 102 for two scheduled performances directly outside of Gallery 102, on the Academic Center lawn near the corner of 22nd and Eye Street. Pianist Ning Yu, in collaboration with David Bird, will perform a site specific score in tandem with the sculpture. To RSVP for the performance, click here.
- Monday April 15, 2019 // 6:00-8:00 pm - Directly following the performance, join all three artists for a talk and light reception inside of Gallery 102. Get a chance to hear more about the inspiration for the project and how it evolved. To RSVP for the talk and reception, click here.
- Wednesday April 17, 2019 // 6:00 pm - If you miss the performance on the 15th, an encore performance of Echo Chamber will be held in Columbian Square inside of the Marvin Center (800 21st Street, NW). To RSVP for the performance, click here.