The Slow Drop: Musicians' Village (work in progress)

performance, music, sound
October 8, 2022

The Slow Drop: Musicians' Village will be an immersive acoustic experience—a neighborhood score—which will form through a combination of social engagement, music production, and collaborative improvisation. Sounds will accumulate and travel from house to house across the neighborhood, then sonically assemble in a centralized physical location and as an FM broadcast. Audiences and passers-by will experience a multitude of intersecting performances by Village musicians in the yards or on the porches of their homes. The intermixing of the project will subsequently converge as an exhibition at the New Orleans Jazz Museum with discursive thematic programming dedicated to the local ecology, housing, climate change, and community resilience.

The Slow Drop: Musicians' Village is a project by Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere, curated by Anna Mecugni.

Featuring a growing list of musicians from the neighborhood: Danny Abel, Sam Albright, Denise Bonis, Leon Brown, Tom Chute, Sula Janet Evans, Helen Gillet, Thomas McDonald, Margie Perez, Troy Sawyer, Gabriel Velasco, and Chip Wilson.

Support for The Slow Drop: Musicians' Village comes from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Louisiana Board of Regents, Research Foundation of the City University of New York, Harpo Foundation, University of New Orleans Office of Research, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, College of Staten Island/CUNY Dean's Research Award, Antenna::Spillways Residency, and the City of New Orleans Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy.

Project partners include Katapult Events, WWNO, WWOZ, Prospect New Orleans, and the University of New Orleans School of the Arts.

Musicians' Village, Upper Ninth Ward, New Orleans, LA.