News/Events/ Covid19 Update
We hope this finds you safe and healthy.
Like all of you, we are still grappling with the impact COVID-19 is having around the world, and in our daily lives. As we plan for Make Music Day on June 21, 2021, we still don’t know which public gatherings will be feasible, which venues are ‘open’ or if people will choose to continue “social distancing” and opt to remain at home.
Despite this uncertainty, we wanted to let you know that Make Music Day will still be happening on June 21. Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere. We hope to be taking over the streets with music on June 21, in some creative way. Regardless, we invite you to join one of the online Make Music Day initiatives that will take place no matter what.
- Leaf MusicAll around us, an exquisite musical instrument is hidden in plain sight: the leaf. In the hands of a master player, a humble tree leaf becomes a reed instrument like no other. Leaf playing has a long history in many nations around the world, including China, Cambodia, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Nepal. This Make Music Day we celebrate these traditions and invite music fans everywhere to find their favorite tree and try the world’s most common uncommon instrument. Leaf Music programs on June 21 will include an International Leaf Music Symposium over Zoom, a Track Meet featuring leaf musicians, and instructional videos to help you turn your own greenery into a symphony of sound. Stay tuned for more details! https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/leaf-music/
- Online Music Lessons: Teachers around the world will be offering free, online lessons for a variety of instruments on June 21. https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/music-lesson-marathon/
- MixMashStudios: Brings together music makers and sound samplers from across the globe to create new and imaginative compositions. We invite people around the world to contribute samples between June 6 – June 20, 2021. Everyone is invited to send in short recordings of bass lines, barking dogs, vocals, machine noises, or anything else they find intriguing. (Return to this page for the submission form.)Then, on Make Music Day, producers will have 24 hours to create an original piece of music using only the samples provided, and nothing more. Some producers will take on the additional challenge – and glory – of live-streaming their production process and creating a finished track in just one hour! All participants are encouraged to share short videos on social media of them creating samples or work in progress on their tracks using the hashtags #mixmashstudios and #makemusicday. https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/mixmash-studios/
- MySongisYourSong: Learn a song by another artist, and hear yours covered in return. Songwriters and composers of all styles and walks of life are invited to participate. In early June, participating artists will be paired together, carefully selected based on the registration form. They’ll have two weeks to learn their partner’s song, and make it their own, before sharing their videos on June 21st! Check back here on Make Music Day to see all the collaborative creations. Over 200 artists participated in the inaugural #MySongIsYourSong for Make Music Day 2020. Check out all of the amazing songs they recorded by following #MySongIsYourSong on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/mysongisyoursong/
- Young Composers Contest: Composers between the ages of 13-21 are invited to submit short, original compositions for choir by June 1st. A panel of renowned composers will give their feedback on all entries and will select one winning piece to release on June 21 to the world in a professional performance. https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/young-composers-contest/
- Global Livestream: a day-long video stream on June 21 will show the rich diversity of live Make Music Day events around the world. https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/live-streaming/
In this time of social distancing, music’s powerful role to bring us together as a community is more important than ever. While physical public gatherings may not be currently accessible, we can still stay connected online and celebrate music.
Some of the special initiatives we will joyfully be embracing include the following:
*FlowerPot Music: Music can come from anyone, anywhere, and anything – even flowerpots. Flowerpot Music, written by award-winning composer Elliot Cole and directed by percussionist Peter Ferry, is a composition for an unlikely but beautiful percussion instrument – the flowerpot! Bell-like tones are passed from performer to performer in improvised gestures called “blooms” that sweep through the group. The piece is written in simple prose and can be performed by non-musicians and musicians alike. Watch for more info on where and how you can participate!! https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/flowerpot-music/
*Junkophonics: Discover musicality in everything by building instruments out of found objects – junkophones! The performers and educators of Bash the Trash Environmental Arts, and percussionist/instrument-builder extraordinaire Craig Woodson from PlayDrums.com, have offered their innovative designs for wind, percussion, and string instruments made from everyday refuse. These amazing instruments offer us an opportunity to look at “junk” and music-making in a whole new way. Cities around the US will be hosting junkophonics workshops where people of all ages can make instruments from scratch together. There isn’t an event scheduled in your town? Don’t worry – instructional videos and printable sheets for all the instruments are below. Make your own and tag us @makemusicday! https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/junkophonics/
*Window Serenades: Share the joy of live music with isolated elderly people, bringing solo musicians or small groups to play outside nursing home windows for those who request a song. Created as a socially distanced program in 2020 to provide safe musical performances during a global pandemic, Window Serenades is becoming an annual Make Music Day tradition, relevant for anyone who is isolated and needs live music in their life. https://www.makemusicday.org/national-projects/window-serenades/
Of course, we still hope to come out together in public on June 21 — in the coming weeks, look for announcements from us. But above all, we are committed to supporting the health and well-being of the public during this challenging time and will follow the guidance of government health departments to make sure everyone stays safe.
Gleefully and with gratitude~ Your friends at Make Music Day Green Bay, Mosaic Arts, Inc.