art as community | art as politic | art as revolution
B is for BIKES
Year two of a 26-year project thus begins “B is for___” We begin with “B is for BIKES” The Omaha premiere of EINE BRISE (A BREEZE) - A Fleeting Action For 111 Cyclists - a magnum-opus by Argentinian-German composer Mauricio Kagel. Eine Brise is a musical work for 111 cyclists riding their bikes on the street. They are organized into a cohort approximately 16 feet wide by 500 feet long. As they approach, cycle past, and draw away from spectators along a specified route they perform a defined sequence of specified “sound events” (ringing of bells, whistling, singing, flutter-tongue sounds, wind noises). The cyclists or “artists” may or may not have musical experience. Over the course of rehearsals we will coach them the musical activities they will need to do in order to execute the musical work effectively.
In its combining of contraries – art/sport, sound/music, freedom/discipline – Eine Brise embodies Kagel’s quintessential questioning of convention all the while embodying the ethos of unity-through-community via communal participation in his works. This is the spirit that the collective of The New Philharmonic stands for. Art as community, art as politic, art as revolution. This particular project serves to highlight cyclist and pedestrian awareness in the urban landscape of Omaha through aesthetic means.
Additional organizational support in conjunction to our artistic direction will be provided by Modeshift Omaha, an institution that is dedicated to alternative transportation advocacy in the city of Omaha and Benson First Friday, an organization that is committed to new and innovative art within the Omaha community.