String Together

Make Music Day

Free events to improve your guitar playing – no strings attached!

One of the best and easiest ways to improve the sound of your guitar is putting on a fresh set of strings.

Come to any participating String Together store on Make Music Day, and attend a free string changing session that comes with a free set of acoustic guitar strings from D’Addario. All are welcome, from complete newbies who have never changed their strings, to more experienced players looking for a few tips from a pro guitar tech.

Plus, the first 20 participants at each store will also receive a free guitar chord chart from Alfred Music, and a free guitar lesson from a local teacher!

Find your nearest participating music store below, and RSVP to reserve your spot on June 21!

Appleton, WI

Heid Music
308 E College Ave

Time: TBD

Auburn, AL

Spicer’s Music
2140 E University Dr. Ste K.

Time: TBD

Brooklyn, NY

Main Drag Music
50 South 1st St.

Time: TBD

Corning, NY

Marich Music
62 E Market Street

Time: 12:00PM-6:00PM

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Penny Lane Emporium
3038 N Federal Hwy

Time: 11:00AM-2:30PM

Huntsville, AL

The Fret Shop
309 Jordan Ln NW

Time: 11:00AM-5:30PM

Jeffersonville, IN

Maxwell’s House of Music
1710 E 10th Street

Time: 11:00AM-7:00PM

Louisville, KY

Mom’s Music
1900 Mellwood Ave

Time: 11:00AM-7:00PM

Madison, WI

Heid Music
7948 Tree Lane

Time: TBD

Milwaukee, WI

Brass Bell Music Store
210 W Silver Spring Dr

Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM

North Royalton, OH

Royalton Music Center
10167 Royalton Rd

Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM

North Wales, PA

George’s Music
1218 Welsh Rd

Time: 6:30PM-7:30PM

Ossining, NY

Mike Risko Music
144 Croton Ave

Time: 3:00PM-5:00PM

Pittsburgh, PA

Brighton Music Center
2110 Babcock Blvd

Time: 6:00PM-7:00PM

Platteville, WI

Blue Note Music
200 N Court St

Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Sacramento, CA

Skip’s Music
2740 Auburn Blvd

Time: 1:00PM-4:00PM

Salem, OR

RiverCity Rock Star Academy, 2769 19th St SE

Time: 12:00PM-7:30PM

Santa Fe, NM

Candyman Strings & Things
851 St Michaels Drive

Time: 10:00AM-4:00PM

Traverse City, MI

Marshall Music Co.
1197 S Airport Road W

Time: 12:00PM-3:00PM

Washington, DC

Middle C Music
4530 Wisconsin Ave NW

Time: TBD

Wichita, KS

Senseney Music
2300 E Lincoln

Time: 3:00PM-6:00PM

Williamsport, PA

Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers, 201 Mulberry St

Time: 1:00PM-5:00PM

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An international musical exchange for children aged 7-13.

A new global collaboration this year, Make Music, Make Friends will connect school children aged 7-13 from Australia, China, India, Italy, Pakistan, Thailand, the U.K., and the U.S. on Make Music Day.

Ten classes from each country will create a musical greeting video, share it with schools from different countries, and have their students watch these musical messages on June 21. Some schools will choose a traditional song from their country, while others will play a new composition, or simply a song that they like to sing.

Through this virtual exchange, Make Music, Make Friends will expose children to different regions and cultures, while providing an authentic audience for their own performance.

Make Music, Make Friends is coordinated by Make Music Day UK and the Make Music Alliance.


Berry Public school
Broome Primary School
Bulli Public School
Coledale Public School
Cranbourne West Primary School
Emerald Primary School
Figtree Public School
Keiraville Public School
Mt Brown Public School
Mt St Thomas Public School
Thirroul Public school
Wyndham District High School


Boyin Accordion Art School (Nangang Dist. Harbin, Heilongjiang Province)
Changsha Primary School (Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province)
Daxing Branch of Beijing Primary School
Hepinglu Primary School (Xinxiang, Henan Province)
Huangqiao Primary School Education Group (Taixing City, Jiangsu Province)
Jiangyin Experimental Primary School (Jiangyin City, Wuxi, Jiangsu Province)
Tongzhou ZHongshanjie Primary School (Xinxiang, Henan Province)


ABWA (Mumbai)
HVB (Mumbai)
JBCN (Mumbai)
KLE International (Belgaum)
MIT (Pune)
MRP (Shirpur)
Nahar (Mumbai)
RIA (Bangaluru)
NHVPS (Bangaluru)


Civico Istituto musicale “G. Puccini” – Pioltello (MI)
Collegium Musicum
Musicainsieme di Librino
Omnicomprensivo R. Mattioli
Orchestra Giovanile dello Stretto
Scuola civica di musica di San Donato milanese
Scuola civica di musica Stefano Scodanibbio (Macerata)


Varga Core Musical Institute


Bangkok Patana School – Primary
Hua Hin International School
King’s College (Bangkok)
King’s College International School (Bangkok)
Shrewsbury International City Campus (Bangkok)
Shrewsbury International School (Bangkok)
St Andrews International School (Bangkok)


Anchorsholme School (Blackpool)
Arduthie School (Aberdeen)
Bywell Junior School
Colne Valley High School
Corporation Road Community Primary School
Firthmoor Primary School
Northwood Primary
St John’s RC Primary School (Scotland)
St Margaret’s CofE Primary School
St Thomas’ Moorside CE VA Primary School


Anaheim Elementary Online Academy (Anaheim, CA)
Betsy Ross Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
Clara Barton Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
Gauer Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
James Guinn Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
James Madison Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
John Marshall Elementary (Anaheim, CA)
Lincoln Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
Olive Street Elementary (Anaheim, CA)
Orange Grove Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
Paul Revere Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
Pondoersa Elementary (Anaheim, CA)
Stoddard Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
Sunkist Elementary (Anaheim, CA)
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School (Anaheim, CA)
Thomas Jefferson Elementary (Anaheim, CA)
Westmont Elementary (Anaheim, CA)

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Coming together in rhythmic harmony.

Showing just how participatory Make Music Day can be, Stridulations for the Good Luck Feast by composer and percussionist Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood) will accentuate June 21 in over a dozen cities.

Stridulations is a set of interlocking rhythmic pieces that anyone can join, whether or not they read music. Following an ingenious system of Xs and dots, participants play rhythmic cycles on any instrument or voice, locking together like a Samba band, or stretching out to sound like crickets calling to each other across a field.

(In fact, the word “Stridulations” refers to the sound of crickets, a species that makes music collectively.)

If you have a good sense of rhythm, and want to bring Stridulations to your town on June 21, register here to receive instructions, an excerpt of the score, and the link to a Zoom with Martin in late May to learn the piece and how to lead it.


Atlanta, GA

Location: Parking Lot of EAV Cafe 500 Flat Shoals Ave SE-

Time: 05:00 – 06:00 pm

Leader: Scotty Bryan


Cincinnati, OH

Location: Lord of Life Lutheran Church 6329 Tylersville Rd. West Chester, OH

Time: 12:00 – 01:00 pm

Leader: David Mackey


Englewood, NJ

Location: TBD

Time: 05:00 – 06:00 pm

Leader: Carolyn Enger


Hebron, CT

Location: Main Street Hebron

Time: 4:00 – 08:00 pm

Leader: Drew Gibson


Houston, TX

Location: Smither Park, 2441 Munger Street, Houston TX

Time: 06:00 – 08:00 pm

Leader: Art Gilligan


Las Cruces, NM

Location: Hubbard’s Music-n-More 108 Wyatt Drive Las Cruces, NM 88005

Time: 05:30 – 07:30 pm

Leader: Bob Hull


Madison, WI

Location: Orton Park, Madison

Time: 07:00 – 08:00 pm

Leader: Devin Drobka


Miami, FL

Location: SFCPA
12770 SW 125th Ave, Unit 101
Miami, FL 33186

Time: 03:00 – 04:00 pm

Leader: Neel Shukla

Modesto, CA

Location: MoRo Music Garden, 1000 I St, Modesto, CA 95354

Time: 07:00 – 08:30 pm

Leader: David Rogers


Montclair, NJ

Location: 67 Church Street, Montclair, NJ

Time: 05:00 – 06:30 pm

Leader: John Sherman


Nashville, TN

Location: Centennial Park, Nashville TN

Time: 06:30 – 07:30 pm

Leader: Clifford Koufman


New York, NY

Location: Little Island (at The Play Ground), Pier 55 in Hudson River Park at W 13th St

Time: 05:00 – 06:00 pm

Leader: Billy Martin

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Pittsburgh, PA

Location: Memorial Park, Edgewood Borough, 15218

Time: 05:00 – 08:00 pm

Leader: Tara Yaney


Pittsburgh, PA

Location: TBD

Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Leader: Jeremias Paul


Salem, OR

Location: Electric Alley, Salem OR

Time: TBD

Leader: Kaylee Bonatakis


St Louis, MO

Location: Laumeier Park St Louis MO

Time: 02:00 – 04:00 pm

Leader: Karen Nichols


Billy Martin, Composer

Best known as a member of the musical trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Billy Martin is an American composer, percussionist, visual artist, educator and record producer.

Born in New York City in 1963 to a Radio City Rockette and concert violinist, Martin has honed his craft everywhere from Broadway orchestra pits to Brazilian nightclubs and burgeoning underground performance spaces. From the roots of the downtown scene he emerged with Medeski Martin & Wood, bridging the harmonic complexity of jazz, the conversational fluency of free improvisation, and the groove and swagger of classic R&B and funk. A series of albums and high-profile collaborations with John Scofield, John Zorn, Iggy Pop, Natalie Merchant, and others, brought the band international acclaim.

Martin has published three books and is currently Executive Artistic Director and CEO of the legendary Creative Music Studio, a non-profit organization in New York founded by Karl Berger, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry.

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Celebrating the most powerful, subtle, and versatile of instruments.

Roomful of Pianos has become a highly anticipated event at The NAMM Show in Anaheim CA, bringing spectacular performances of music arranged for 10 pianos, 20 pianos, or even 40 pianos to the show’s international audience of music industry attendees.

This year Roomful of Pianos will unite the national piano community on Make Music Day, with piano showrooms and music schools hosting colossal piano events around the U.S.

Thanks to Virtual Sheet Music for contributing free, multiple piano arrangements for this year’s program.

Crystal Lake, IL

Location: Piano Trends, 35 Berkshire Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Time: 10:00 am – 06:00 pm


Duluth, GA

Location: PianoWorks, 2805 Buford Highway

Time: 03:00 – 05:00 pm

Leader: Pam Asberry


Fresno, CA

Location: Gottschalk Piano, 4240 Fresno Street

Time: 09:00 – 10:00 am

Leader: John Hord


Kansas City, MO

Location: Upcycle Piano Craft,
3945 Main Street

Time: 04:30 – 06:30 pm


Madison, WI

Location: Heid Music, 1748 Tree Lane

Time: 02:00 – 03:00 pm

Leader: Emily Volland


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The Make Music Alliance is thrilled to announce the third annual Young Composers Contest, in partnership with world-renowned vocal group The Swingles.

Composers aged 13 to 21 were invited to set the text of the poem “A Jelly-Fish” by Marianne Moore to music for The Swingles. A panel of distinguished judges, including The Swingles’ Jo Goldsmith-Eteson and Jon Smith, baritone Christopher Herbert, and composer Christopher Tin, selected a winning composition, which has now been recorded by The Swingles.

Winning Composer: Matthias Bergmann of Lienz, Tirol, Austria

About The Swingles

The Swingles are one of the world’s most admired and loved vocal groups. With a natural flair as entertainers, their stylish shows take them to venues and festival stages across the world. Praised for their “stunning reinventions… audacious harmonies… and superhero singing to truly raise goosebumps” (The Guardian), The Swingles have earned five Grammy Awards and are recipients of prestigious international accolades year after year. With generations of fans from their live performances and appearances on film and TV soundtracks, The Swingles’ musical evolution and creative drive makes them as relevant today as when Ward Swingle started the group nearly six decades ago.As you get ready to write a piece for the Swingles, check out their MMD Playlists on Spotify and YouTube to get an idea of their sound.

Noteflight has joined with Make Music Day and The Swingles to offer entrants to the competition a free, 3 month trial of Noteflight Premium!

  • The contest is open to composers who are between 13 and 21 years old on the closing date of the contest (Sunday May 22nd 2022).
  • Entries can be created in any notation software. Make Music Alliance and The Swingles have partnered with Noteflight to offer entrants a free 3 month trial of Noteflight Premium; select the monthly plan option and use coupon code “MakeMusicDay22″. You will need to enter a credit card number but can cancel anytime before you are charged. Alternately, you can sign up here for a free, 30-day trial of Noteflight Premium with no credit card needed.
  • Contestants must submit both PDF and MusicXML files of their composition. (Instructions on exporting PDF and MusicXML scores in Noteflight are here.)
  • All submissions are due by 11:59pm ET (New York time) on Sunday, May 22nd, 2022.
  • All licensing rights to pieces submitted will remain with each composer.
  • Compositions must be written for The Swingles, a 7 voice vocal group; further details and range charts are here (pdf).
  • Compositions must use the text of the poem “A Jelly-Fish” by Marianne Moore. This poem is in the public domain. No other text may be used.
  • Compositions must be no more than four minutes long. Composers may submit no more than one composition each.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • The winning composition will be recorded by The Swingles and released on Make Music Day.
  • Click here for the complete contest rules (pdf).

To enter, submit your finished score to either one of these Google forms:

Submit here (upload scores directly; Google sign-in required)
Submit here (upload scores to Dropbox or Google Drive and send us links)

Deadline: May 22, 2022 at 11:59pm ET (New York time)


Jo Goldsmith-Eteson

Jo has been a member of The Swingles as a singer, songwriter, composer and arranger for 16 years and is currently the longest serving member, second only to Ward Swingle himself. She has performed on the world’s most famous stages with the group, from La Scala to Ronnie Scott’s in all styles and genres. As a session singer, Jo has performed live BVs for Mozez (Zero 7), Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins/Massive Attack) and Mari Wilson; studio vocals for Coldplay, Jon Hopkins and Max Richter; provided vocals for several TV shows and advertisements, and over 75 feature films including Wonder Woman 1984 (for which she was a featured soloist), Avengers: Endgame, Jurassic World, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, Cruella and Don’t Look Up. Her voice has featured on numerous video games including Halo, Overwatch and World of Warcraft and she has recorded tracks for theme park rides at Disneyland Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai. In 2017, Jo co-wrote and performed a song with the Swingles for the end credits of the Matt Damon film Downsizing and her arrangements have won several Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.

Christopher Dylan Herbert

Christopher Dylan Herbert is a baritone who performs frequently throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee. He has soloed with The San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performed with International Contemporary Ensemble and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street, and he regularly presents Winterize – an outdoor adaptation of Winterreise with transistor radios. He frequently develops new opera and concert works, including commissions by Hannah Lash, Gregory Spears, Laura Kaminsky, and Ellen Reid. Dr. Herbert holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and a D.M.A. in Voice from The Juilliard School. He is the head of the voice program at William Paterson University in New Jersey, and he is the baritone in the critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony. His current research focuses on the music of the eighteenth-century Ephrata Cloister in Pennsylvania.

Jon Smith

Jon Smith is a vocalist, arranger, director, vocal coach, and recording engineer from New York. He currently sings Tenor in the five-time Grammy-winning vocal group, The Swingles. While on tour with The Swingles, Jon has had the chance to sing alongside world-renowned artists such as Gareth Malone, Kurt Elling, New York Voices, and The Real Group. In addition to touring with The Swingles, Jon is an accomplished session singer specialising in pop, jazz, gospel, and classical/choral music. He has sung on movie soundtracks such as “Downsizing,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Cats,” “Jingle Jangle,” and “Wonder Woman 1984.” Jon’s award-winning arrangements can be heard on many a cappella compilation albums (BOCA, Voices Only, Sing) and have also been featured on SKY 1’s TV Show “Sing: Ultimate A cappella.” While working on the show, Jon arranged for the Billboard chart-topping British band, The Vamps. Jon specializes as a coach and masterclass clinician for high school, collegiate, and professional singing groups all across the world, many of whom have gone on to receive high placements and special awards at competitions for their performances.

Christopher Tin

Christopher Tin is a two-time Grammy-winning composer of concert and media music. His music has been performed and premiered in many of the world’s most prestigious venues: Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. He has also been performed by ensembles as diverse as the Philharmonia Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra, and US Navy Band, and has also conducted concerts of his own music with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Welsh National Opera Orchestra. His song “Baba Yetu”, originally written for the video game “Civilization IV”, is a modern choral standard, and the first piece of music written for a video game ever to win a Grammy Award. In addition to scoring films and video games, he is also an in-demand collaborator, working with artists across a wide-range of musical genres: Lang Lang, Alan Menken, BT, and Danny Elfman, to name a few. He is published by Boosey & Hawkes and Concord, and is signed to an exclusive recording contract with Decca Records/Universal Music Classics.

A Jelly-Fish

by Marianne Moore (1887-1972)

Visible, invisible,
A fluctuating charm,
An amber-colored amethyst
Inhabits it; your arm
Approaches, and
It opens and
It closes;
You have meant
To catch it,
And it shrivels;
You abandon
Your intent—
It opens, and it
Closes and you
Reach for it—
The blue
Surrounding it
Grows cloudy, and
It floats away
From you.

Poet Marianne Moore (1887–1972) was widely recognized for her work; among her many honors were the Bollingen prize, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. She wrote with the freedom characteristic of the other modernist poets, often incorporating quotes from other sources into the text, yet her use of language was always extraordinarily condensed and precise, capable of suggesting a variety of ideas and associations within a single, compact image. In his 1925 essay “Marianne Moore,” William Carlos Williams wrote about Moore’s signature mode, the vastness of the particular: “So that in looking at some apparently small object, one feels the swirl of great events.” She was particularly fond of animals, and much of her imagery is drawn from the natural world.

Street Studio Cities

The music of the street, around the world.

For five years, Street Studio Cities, organized with Found Sound Nation and HARMAN, brought world-class DJs and producers onto the streets for Make Music Day, setting up their mobile recording studios in front of art galleries, on downtown plazas, and in parks. In one afternoon, producers invited passersby from the community to join in a completely improvised music creation session. At the end of the day, each producer mixed down one track, using only the material recorded on-site, to share the sounds of their city with the world.

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The American Song

50 songs, written in one day, to capture the stories and experiences of ordinary people.

For two years in 2020 and 2021, the Make Music Alliance lined up fifty people of all ages with a story to tell, one in each of the 50 States, along with fifty professional songwriters in a variety of styles.

On the morning of June 21, Make Music Day, each songwriter video-chatted with one interviewee for an hour. In the afternoon, they wrote a song inspired by their conversation. That evening they did a second video chat with the person and gave a live, private performance of the song they just wrote.

In June 2022, The American Song became a live, in-person event at The NAMM Show in Southern California! Songwriters interviewed randomly selected attendees to learn about their lives, then came up on stage 24 hours later to play a brand new song inspired by their conversations. All songs were filmed and released for Make Music Day on June 21, 2022

Young Composers Contest

For three years during the COVID pandemic, Make Music Day organized a project for composers aged 13-21, who were missing out on normal opportunities for their music to be heard. Each year, distinguished judges chose a text for young composers to set for a cappella voices, and then selected winning pieces, which were recorded by professional singers.

The music of the street, around the world.

After a two-year pause during the pandemic, Street Studio Cities returned in 2022!

These Street Studio Cities, organized with Found Sound Nation and HARMAN, brought world-class DJs and producers onto the streets for Make Music Day, setting up their mobile recording studios in front of art galleries, on downtown plazas, and in parks. In one afternoon, producers invited passersby from the community to join in a completely improvised music creation session. At the end of the day, each producer mixed down one track, using only the material recorded on-site, to share the sounds of their city with the world.

Harman is the official sound of Make Music Day Street Studios.

In partnership with:
Found Sound Nation


Porto Alegre

Found Sound Nation · Tabu & Gabriel Cevallos – Porto Allegre, Brazil

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Espaço Força e Luz – R. dos Andradas, 1223 – Centro Histórico, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Producers: Mateus Miranda and Gabriel Cevallos

Mateus Miranda, aka Tabu is a music producer from Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, responsible for creating the label ZONAexp and producing for projects like SASKIA’s first album and scoring for video art and advertising. Starting his musical path around 2012 on street parties in public spaces at his hometown, Mateus evolved to circulating through Brazil’s biggest cities and parties. Tabu is also a big appreciator of soundsystem, rave culture and all musicality coming from street movements.

Gabriel Cevallos holds a degree in Cinema and Audiovisual Production and a postgraduate degree in Curatorial Practices. He has been working for more than 15 years in a multidisciplinary way in the creation, curation and production of initiatives related to contemporary art, music and audiovisual. He is the curator and founder of the Kino Beat, a mixed arts festival that completes 12 years in 2022. As a DJ, he keeps his ears to the present, past and future of dance music, using a wide spectrum of this musical source to build unusual and unpredictable collages.



Found Sound Nation · Mustelide & Sean Angelo – Munich, Germany

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
JBL Store München, Sendlinger Strasse 46, 80331 München, Germany
Producers: Natallia Kunitskaya and Sean Angelo
Mustelide is the singer, songwriter and producer Natallia Kunitskaya, born in Belarus. Since moving from Minsk to Berlin she has been exploring the borders between Eastern and Western Europe. Stylistically, she draws on avant-pop, experimental electronica and dance music, carefully creating a flow out of analogue synthesizers, field recordings and vocals. In her latest album Ginseng Woman, released on Ukrainian label Masterskaya, Mustelide cultivates her sounds entirely from recordings of broken orchestral instruments, provided by American music residency collective OneBeat, in which she participated in 2017. In addition to numerous club concerts all over the world, she played at such festivals as Reeperbahn Festival, Pop-Kultur, POHODA Festival in Slovakia, Tallinn Music Week, MENT Ljubljana, Vilnius Music Week, Jetlag Festival USA, Atlas Weekend, Stereoleto, Wschod Kultury, Synthposium, and Budapest Showcase Hub.

Raised in Michigan in the periphery of the Detroit Techno and Chicago house scenes of late 90s/early 2000s, Sean Angelo began making electronic music with his first drum machine and synth at 12 years old. He studied recording and composition in New York, and finalized his studies in the electro/breakbeat capital of Orlando, FL. He has been recognized as an analog synth guru, having over 30 vintage synths in his studios in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Costa Rica where artists such as Com Truise, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Egyptian Lover, Chrome Canyon, Brian Ellis, Mild High Club, Stranger Things Theme composers S.U.R.V.I.V.E, Bardo and many others came to visit and collaborate. He now resides and works as a sound designer and app conceptor in global club Mecca Berlin. There, alongside many great minds, he continues his pursuit of music and the manifestation of his vision of a reformed music industry.



Found Sound Nation · Fanni Zahár, Mihály Balázsovics, Mihai Vasiu – Budapest, Hungary

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Nordic Light Office Building (park), 1133 Budapest, Visegrádi street 101
Producers: Fanni Zahár, Mihály Balázsovics, and Mihai Vasiu

Fanni Zahár is a versatile flute and saxophone player who is involved in countless music projects across Europe. Seeking to find ways to implement her playing to any kind of musical environment, she is part of projects such as the Berlin-based international collective called Ábáse, the London-based Kwarmy led by world-renown producer Kwame Yeboah and the award-winning Hungarian singer and producer called Deva. Besides producing her own material (that will be released in 2022) and occasionally playing dj and live sets, she is a recurring artist in projects such as Beta Beta Hungarian afro collective, Lilith’s Rib all female electronic music trio, and many more.

Mihály Balázsovics aka Tink is a Budapest-based rapper and poet, an essential component of the hip-hop culture of Hungary. He is part of many great groups such as Mulató Aztékok and Slow Village, while hosting Sample Temple, a weekly radio-series that represents the hip-hop and sampling culture around the world. He has released several EP’s, rap mixtapes and dj mixes.

Mihai Vasiu is a producer, dj and record collector from Bucharest, with an experience of more than 12 years in record digging, commercial studio work, playing dj sets at festivals and events in Romania or abroad, working with several bands as a music producer and organizing music events.



Found Sound Nation · Andres Belloso – “Chile Chilaca Ocho Ochenta” – Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio
12:00 PM at Harman De México, Lote Bravo, Av de las Torres 2290, Los Bravos
5:00 PM at Costumbres, Avenida 16 de septiembre 1821
Producer: Andrés Belloso

Andrés Belloso is a Venezuelan multi-instrumentalist producer and composer based in Mexico City. Currently Belloso publishes music with his rock project Los Estadios Del Alma and his new project under his own name Andrés Belloso producing electronic music, with original Afro-Caribbean rhythms and songs. Andrés has had a great experience and career in music. For fourteen years he was part of the Venezuelan rock band Los Mesoneros, participating as a bassist, arranger and composer in 4 record productions with which they obtained six Latin Grammy nominations and made multiple tours in countries such as Mexico, USA, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Spain and Venezuela. Andrés also works as an audio engineer for documentaries. He recorded the audio for La Causa documentary about the prison system in Venezuela.


Found Sound Nation · Jeremy Thal, Nicole Luján, Marco Guagnelli – “Me Presento” – Querétaro, Mexico

Found Sound Nation · Jeremy Thal, Nicole Luján & Marco Guagnelli – “Las Voces” – Querétaro, Mexico

Found Sound Nation · Jeremy Thal, Nicole Luján & Marco Guagnelli – “Sueños Que Se Sueñan” – Querétaro, Mexico

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Plaza de los Fundadores, Prolongacion Independencia Sur n, La Santa Cruz, Centro, 76000 Santiago de Querétaro
Producers: Nicole LujánMarco Guagnelli, and Jeremy Thal

Nicole Luján is a producer and sound artist born in Mexico City. She plays solo with her experimental electronic project RSNNC, takes part in the transdisciplinar sound project encounters and is one half of the pop duo Post Neo. Through the use of digital and analog synthesizers, drum machines, samplers, distorted recordings, voice and effects pedals, her sound explores different genres, ranging from pop to ambient and from noise to IDM. She has performed at different festivals and venues in Mexico, Germany, Spain, Argentina and the United States.

Marco Guagnelli is a performer and community theater director. He graduated from the University Theater Center of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Since 2007, he has been making site-specific work using different media such as theater, music, poetry, and performance. In recent years, he has developed artistic projects with communities in vulnerable situations, integrating the testimonies of immigrants, incarcerated people, etc. In 2020 he made, with the filmmaker Kani Lapuerta, the documentary “La Fuga” that shows masculinity inside Mexico City’s prisons. In recently completed a project in Tijuana working with immigrants from Central America and the Caribbean to stage an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Tempest.

Jeremy Thal is a music producer, multi-instrumentalist, and instigator of musical dialogues. As a performer, Jeremy has recorded and toured with indie rock heavyweights Neutral Milk Hotel and The National, and leads his own band, Briars of North America. Jeremy co-founded Found Sound Nation (FSN) in 2010, an organization dedicated to building community across cultural divides through the co-creation of original music. For the last 10 years FSN has produced OneBeat, a groundbreaking cultural exchange that brings together musicians from around the world to co-create original music and to leverage the power of music for social good. Jeremy has led FSN workshops in such varied locations as Rikers Island, the TED Conference, and in more than 20 countries around the world.


Found Sound Nation · Carlos Sánchez, Gabriel Duprat – Tijuana, Mexico

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pasaje Rodriguez, Zona Centro, 22000 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
Producers: Carlos Sánchez and Gabriel Duprat

Carlos Sánchez is a singer, songwriter and producer from the city of Tijuana, Mexico. As a solo artist, he writes and performs his own material as Orlando; as a songwriter, he has written songs for several artists in Mexico and abroad; he also writes about music, reworks and performs jazz standards and stars in original cabaret productions. His debut album “Capullo” (2010) established him as one of the best male voices in Spanish language indie pop. Carlos is currently working on new material for release both in his native Spanish and a new set of songs in English.

Gabriel Duprat is a designer/musician based in Tijuana, Mexico. He’s been active in the city’s music scene since 2001, initially playing guitar and synthesizer with the Electro-pop trio Ibi Ego and the indie rock band Shantelle. His work as a producer mostly explores dreamy atmospheres and harsh electronic beats with a focus on catchy synth hooks and lo-fi aesthetics. In 2012, he founded the now-defunct cassette tape label Prima Crush. There he served as art director providing design and cover artwork for all of the label’s releases as well as contributing as producer and instrumentalist for a few of these projects. Since then he’s continued working with multiple artists on musical releases, theater, and film scoring.



Found Sound Nation · More Eaze – Dallas, Texas

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy, Dallas, TX 75201
Producer: Mari Maurice

more eaze is the project of composer/multi-instrumentalist mari maurice. her work touches upon myriad genres and often explores themes of gender, identity, intimacy, perception, and the mundane. her compositions have been widely released on a number of international labels including orange milk, ecstatic, leaving records, and lillerne tapes among others. maurice regularly collaborates with artists such as dntel, claire rousay, seth graham, nick zanca, and ben bondy. she is also a member of the bands alexalone and lomelda.


Found Sound Nation · Sean Monaghan & Joseph Corless – Detroit, Michigan

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Producers: Sean Monaghan and Joseph Corless

Sean Monaghan is a Detroit-based electronic producer and synth player. Sean has toured throughout the United States as a member of the electronic ensemble EMEWS led by Joo Won Park and provided a live improvised score for Kambui Olitujimi’s acclaimed film Where Does the Time Go?. Sean is also a founding member of the Tech Jazz ensemble at Wayne State, where they currently study. Last summer, Sean collaborated with Detroit’s Remove Records, remixing the label’s roster with field recordings from local Black Lives Matter marches, producing an album to raise money for grassroots organizing. Also a skilled programmer, Sean has developed their own custom patches which they use for sampling and live processing saxophone, using the visual language Max MSP.

Joseph Corless is an undergraduate senior at Wayne State University, where he majors in business management. Along with this major, Joseph is also pursuing a minor in music technology. These two fields of study led him to aid in the start-up of a student-run record label, of which he is now the president. In his role at Old Main Records, Joseph organizes virtual and in-person music events, as well as the recording and promotion of signed artists. In his free time, he enjoys recording/mixing his band and making sound effects videos.

Los Angeles

Found Sound Nation · Trayer Tryon – Long Beach, California

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Shannon’s On Pine, 209 Pine Ave, Long Beach CA 90802
Producer: Trayer Tryon

Trayer Tryon is an artist, musician, and engineer living in Echo Park, Los Angeles. He produces for his bands Hundred Waters and Alto Arc, releases music under his own name, and has collaborations with Skrillex, Jonsi, Danny Harle, Moses Sumney, Julie Byrne, Deafheaven’s George Clarke, and more. He also maintains a rigorous & private visual art practice, is dramatically in love, and thoroughly enjoys dining at Zankou Chicken.

New York

Found Sound Nation · Frankie Leroux, Luss – “Yu Heard” – NYC, USA

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
JBL SOHO Store, 19 E Houston St, New York, NY 10012
Producers: Ricardo Nigaglioni and Frankie Leroux

Ricardo Nigaglioni (a.k.a. Luss) is a Bronx-based MC and singer, originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Luss has worked as a teaching artist with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections project with the Weill Music Institute, Urban Arts Partnership, Hudson’s Kite Nest and Found Sound Nation’s OneBeat program. As an artist he has toured throughout the U.S., South America and Europe and has collaborated with Bronx rapper Kemba, Rebel Diaz and others. His recent single “No Angels” featuring Joe Craze was released in 2021 and has received praise from Earmilk, Fame Magazine, Clout and more.

Frankie Leroux is a multi-hyphenate creative who is equally at home behind a camera as he is in the recording studio. An accomplished music producer, drummer, educator and videographer, Leroux balances his time between many creative pursuits. Hailing from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Leroux has worked with Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Kemba, Chris Dave, Cultura Profetica, Nicholas Payton, Claire Delic, Emily King, Alissia, PJ, Young Guru, and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Having recently finished producing “BPM”, the sophomore album of Atlantic Records recording artist Sebastian Mikael, Leroux continues to work with rising stars such as Elliott Skinner and Bebo Dumont. In 2016 Leroux began teaching digital music production and songwriting classes as a part of Carnegie Hall’s Future Music Program. In 2018, Leroux led a series of production and songwriting workshops at Crossroads Juvenile Center. In 2019 Leroux co-produced the song: “Caracoles”, for Artist: Cultura Profética, nominated “Best Alternative Song” in the 2020 Latin Grammys, & it was the single of the album “Sobrevolando” that won “Best Alternative Album” that year in the Latin Grammys.


Found Sound Nation · Nandi Plunkett, Nnux – Stamford, Connecticut

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
1 Public Library Plaza, Stamford, CT 06901
Producers: Nandi Rose and Ana López-Reyes

Nandi Rose is a Hudson Valley-based singer, songwriter, and producer who writes and records under the name Half Waif. Over the past decade, she has built upon her classical training to create a bold and unique sound that melds pop and folk songwriting styles with experimental electronic production and arrangements. Since joining the roster of renowned indie label ANTI- Records, Nandi has released the critically acclaimed records The Caretaker (2020) and Mythopoetics (2021), the latter of which was described by the New York Times as a “chordal anthem” and featured on their Best Songs of the Year list. Nandi has also made an appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk series and toured internationally.

Nnux is the solo project of Mexican composer, producer and keyboard player Ana López-Reyes. Her music is based on the digital processing of samples from voices, acoustic instruments, everyday sounds, electronic beats and synthesizers. Nnux creates music that aims to be emotional and vulnerable while still being experimental and imaginative. Ana has performed in different venues in Mexico and the USA, including cultural spaces, DIY venues and festivals in Mexico City, Boston and New York City. Her music has been featured on BBC Radio1, FACT Magazine, and XLR8R. She has been commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble (NYC) for the Flamekeepers and Biophony projects (2021) and is currently one of the members of the project MUXX, which received the Art and Technology Grant awarded by Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). She’s been twice awarded the prestigious Jóvenes Creadores grant by the National Endowment for Culture and Arts (Mexico), both in 2019 and 2021. Also interested in the social impact of music, she was recently appointed co-director of Found Sound México, the Mexican division of NY-based organization Found Sound Nation, providing support for musicians whose work plays an important role in empowering communities.

“April in Allegany” covered by The Jazzuleles from Cairns, Australia. Click here to listen to the original by Inner Groove.

“I Am Free” covered by Inner Groove from Syracuse, New York. Click here to listen to the original by The Jazzuleles.

“Rain” covered by Emma Rowe from Darwin, Australia. Click here to listen to the original by Kennedy Taylor & The Electric Pancakes.

“Earthflight” covered by Kennedy Taylor & The Electric Pancakes from Honolulu, Hawaii. Click here to listen to the original by Emma Rowe.

“Life on The River” covered by Duplicity from Victoria, Australia. Click here to listen to the original by Scot Randle.

“Coming Home” covered by Scot Randle from St. Louis, Missouri. Click here to listen to the original by Duplicity.

“Don’t Call Me Pretty” covered by Dopree from Lagos, Nigeria. Click here to listen to the original by Sarah Coco.

“I’m Grateful” covered by Sarah Coco from Chicago, Illinois. Click here to listen to the original by Dopree.

“Smoothies” covered by Carrin from St. Louis, Missouri. Click here to listen to the original by Michaela Natal.

“Late Summer” covered by Michaela Natal from North Haven, Connecticut. Click here to listen to the original by Carrin.

“River” covered by Mark Dunn from Chicago, Illinois. Click here to listen to the original by Eric Keeney.

“My Story” covered by Eric Keeney from St. Louis, Missouri. Click here to listen to the original by Mark Dunn.

“No Promises” covered by Jonathan Leal from Brooklyn, New York. Click here to listen to the original by J.Lyn.

“Through the Looking Glass” covered by J.Lyn from Mililani, Hawaii. Click here to listen to the original by Jonathan Leal.

“Summer Day” covered by Leela Misel from Victoria, Australia. Click here to listen to the original by Sunspot.

“Switch” covered by Sunspot from Madison, Wisconsin. Click here to listen to the original by Leela Misel.

“Live” covered by Payton Murphy-Blanchard from Olathe, Kansas. Click here to listen to the original by Olawale Osewa.

“Sho ma jo” covered by Ay smart from Lagos, Nigeria. Click here to listen to the original by Olawale.

“Brave Enough For Love” covered by Percy, the cryptid from Lagos, Nigeria. Click here to listen to the original by Joel Landy.

“In My Room” covered by Joel Landy from Queens, New York. Click here to listen to the original by Percy, the cryptid.

“The Dream of Peace” covered by Terri Lachance from Cheshire, Connecticut. Click here to listen to the original by Jason Baker.

“Incognito Therapy” covered by Jason Baker from Burlington, Vermont. Click here to listen to the original by Terri Lachance.

“Oh Lord Be Glorified” covered by Janess from Lagos, Nigeria. Click here to listen to the original by Merry.

“Better Days” covered by Davani Abdul from Lagos, Nigeria. Click here to listen to the original by Stereo Joule.

“Jump” covered by Flowrface from St. Louis, Missouri. Click here to listen to the original by Mouk.

Make Music Day 2019 featured Street Studios in cities across the U.S. and around the world in Budapest, Islamabad, Lagos, Moscow, and Querétaro.

Harman is the official sound of Make Music Day Street Studios.

In partnership with:
Found Sound Nation



June 21: HARMAN Street Studio at Nordic Light office (2:00pm – 6:00pm)
Váci út 96-98, 1133 Budapest, Hungary

Producers: Algernon Artworks and Ben Leavez

Algernon Artworks: Judit Vincze’s piano focused downtempo project, flavored with techno and cinematic vibes. She loves crossfading music with different fields – her last album was based on the psychological thesis of the five love languages. Besides making her music, Judit is a teacher and manager in imPro School, Hungary’s only Ableton certified training center.

Ben Leavez is an experimental / IDM music artist, who combines the abstract rhythmical nature of today’s electronic music with colorful instrumental themes and surprising arrangements. His live acts are dominated by highly saturated soundscapes and broken rhythms, but more recently minimalistic dance music-oriented pulsations became important too.



June 21: HARMAN Street Studio in front of Balkan Bistro (11:00am – 4:00pm)
on the side of Plaza de los Fundadores
Andador Gutierrez Najera #36 Col Centro Barrio de la Cruz, Queretaro 76020

Producers: Andrés Belloso and Marco Fernando Guagnelli González

Andres Belloso is a musician, composer, bass player and multi-instrumentalist from Mexico City. His band Los Mesoneros has released 3 studio albums, been nominated for 4 Latin Grammys, and toured extensively in Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Peru and the U.S. They have been produced by Venezuelan producer Hector Castillo who has worked with veteran artists such as Philip Glass, Roger Waters, Lou Reed, Beck, and Gustavo Cerati.

Marco Fernando Guagnelli González is a Mexican multidisciplinary artist from Naucalpan de Juárez. Since 2007, Marco has performed stage interventions using theater, music, poetry and performance. The themes of his work are linked to the search for identity, and the questioning of human thought and its relationship with nature. In 2016 he founded the first big band in a prison in Mexico City, curated a zine with young people deprived of their freedom and wrote a play with young people with different abilities. He is currently a beneficiary of the scenic creators program of the FONCA 2018 in the interdisciplinary category.



June 21: Street Studios Across Lagos
coordinated by Make Music Lagos

Maryland Mall, with Dapo & Don L37 (12pm)
Ikeja City Mall, with Florocka (12pm)
Lagos City Mall, Onikan with VC Perez (12pm)
Green Space with Willz (5pm)
Department of Creative Arts, Unilag with ALTIMS (12pm)
Greenland Sound Factory, with Wole Adesanya (10am)



June 21: Street Studio at Fatima Jinnah Park
F-9, Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
Producer: Muhammad Aqib Jamil
Muhammad Aqib Jamil is a Composer, Producer & Audio Engineer. He transitioned from Electronics Engineering to a world of music. His mentor is J. Anthony Allen, who holds a PhD in Music Composition and he is also an Ableton Live Certified Trainer, co-founder, owner and CEO of Slam Academy, a multimedia educational space in downtown Minneapolis. At present he is working with two organizations Daastan and Varga Core as a Sound Engineer.



June 21: HARMAN Street Studio at VDNKH Park (5:00pm – 8:00pm)
Prospekt Mira, 119, Moskva, Russia, 129223

Producers: Anton Maskeliade and MITYA

Anton Maskeliade is an experimental electronic musician, producer and one of the first artists in the world to pioneer leap motion gesture control technology. He is the winner of Contemporary Art Awards and founder of his own Music School. Anton has played more than hundred audiovisual shows around the world, including the biggest international festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Fusion (GER), Pohoda (SK). The artist recognized by the worldwide media: The Guardian, Noisey, Ableton, Red Bull Music and shared stage with Moderat, Mouse On Mars, Matthew Herbert, Emika, The Herbaliser, The Glitch Mob, Dub FX

MITYA is a Russian Psych-Pop producer with 50 million video views on his YouTube channel. He has been honored as a RBMA Bass Camp, TED Talks, OneBeat, Ableton Loop and MoogFest fellow. MITYA’s latest project is the “Searching for Sound” EP and 6 webisodes filmed by Red Bull. One track from that album called “1 Life Is Not Enough” was bought by Netflix for its “Dear White People” show.


Brooklyn, NY

June 21: Street Studio City on Fulton Avenue, all 3:00pm – 6:00pm
coordinated by Natie

Ata Turkish Restaurant, 887 Fulton St (near Vanderbilt) with producer Greg Banks
Do It Best Hardware, 900 Fulton St (near Washington) with producer Fernando Singleton
Fulton Bikes, 997 Fulton St (near Cambridge) with producer Thomas Piper
Outpost Cafe, 1014 Fulton St (near Downing) with DJ Transaction
Always and Forever Cafe, 1081 Fulton St (near Classon) with Edson Sean

Los Angeles, CA

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio at the GRAMMY Museum (1:00pm – 6:00pm)
800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90015

Producer: Elori Kramer

Elori Saxl Kramer makes music and film. She’s directed films for the New Yorker and Slate and composed music for new music ensembles, Patagonia, Google, Poler, Dove, the New Yorker, This American Life, Public Radio International, Gimlet, MOMA, and more. She’s a member of experimental rock band, Alpenglow, whose music has been featured by Paste, Consequence of Sound, Flood Magazine, Impose, VPR, and more.

Manhattan, NY

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio at The HARMAN Store (11:30am – 3:30pm)
527 Madison Avenue (at E. 53rd St), Manhattan

Producer: Eddie Lu and Travon Henry (eu IV)

Eddie Lu is a Taiwanese-American musician and arts organizer who bridges cultural and generational divides through community-oriented music programs. As a DJ and beatmaker, he blurs boundaries between hip hop, lo-fi, dance/club music, and ambient field recordings, striving to create a globally accessible sound that reflects the rich legacy of DIY musicianship in facilitating intercultural exchange and understanding. His music explores representations of authenticity in sound. Some of his recent projects include curriculum development with the music education startup Building Beats and partnering with Found Sound Nation and the U.S. State Department to produce a China-based artist residency investigating the intersection between electronic music and minority/folk traditions.

Travon Henry, aka “eu-IV” is a beatmaker, photographer, and painter, born and raised in Baltimore, MD. His production style blends classic off-kilter J Dilla beats, the west-coast acrobatics of Knxwledge, and the psychedelic R&B of Frank Ocean, while staying rooted in the vibrant Baltimore underground scene. With almost 20,000 followers on Soundcloud, he’s established himself as an up-and-coming hip hop producer, collaborating with vocalist Claire Reneé, Austin Bey, and Fly Anakin. As part of the collective label Flow-Fi (and independently), he has released four far-reaching projects: Pearl, Close Your Eyes, Supernova and SHINELIKETHESUN.

Novi, MI

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio – HARMAN Office (11:00am – 4:00pm)

Producer: Sacramento Knoxx
Sacramento Knoxx, a hardworking interdisciplinary artist with strong Detroit roots, has built community concerts and workshops that engaged many audiences in public spaces all around the city. Currently he travels nationally and internationally sharing interactive music performances, blending captured moments in life & creative imagery through large projection motion graphics. Building from raw experience and grit, his works send vibrations to help assemble the worlds we want to live in. In addition to creating these dynamic storytelling installations, he creates documentary film and music video encapsulating the experience of struggle and celebration of diverse layers of communities.

San Jose, CA

June 21: Street Studio at Circle A Skate Shop (4:00pm – 7:00pm)
108 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose CA 95113
Producer: Rey Resurreccion
San Jose, California recording rapper / producer / sound engineer Rey Resurreccion comes with a smooth, laid back style over a combination of hard drums, original compositions, nostalgic samples, and heavy synths. Resurreccion has spent over a decade honing his craft not only as an emcee, but also as a producer, engineer and musician. Rey Res has been on the move throughout the years, making a lot of noise in the States and beyond. While simultaneously strengthening his internet buzz Rey has toured throughout the United States and independently released a catalog of work.

Portland, OR

June 21: Street Studio with Beats Lyrics Leaders
Producer: J Ross Parrelli
J Ross Parrelli is what it would sound like if Joss Stone had been raised in the same duplex as Notorious B.I.G. Recently signed to Universal Records, J Ross Parrelli’s repertoire includes rap battles and festival stages from the Bronx to the Bay. Sultry songstress turned community cultivator, Parrelli has spoken and performed at youth leadership conferences all over the globe. Her interest in education reform led her to co-found Beats, Lyrics, Leaders through which she is developing Hip Hop based curriculum now being piloted in schools, foster youth programs, and native reservations.

Stamford, CT

June 21 HARMAN Street Studio at Library Plaza (12:00pm – 5:00pm)
1 Public Library Plaza (Bedford St and Broad St)

Producers: Zubin Hensler and Ana López-Reyes

Zubin Hensler is a Brooklyn-based composer, performer, and recordist. As a composer, he’s written music for media published by Univision, Pivot, National Geographic, The New Yorker, PBS, Google, and a number of independent film festivals. His work for dance has been presented by Jacob’s Pillow and Gibney Dance. As a performer, he’s toured with The Westerlies, Fleet Foxes, Vieux Farka Toure, and Half Waif. And as a recordist and producer, he’s worked on albums for Half Waif, Hannah Epperson, Vieux Farka Toure, Really Big Pinecone, Moonheart, as well as albums under the moniker ‘twig twig’. Zubin also loves to teach the things he has learned. He has co-led masterclasses and workshops at Juilliard, Yale, NYU, Manhattan School of Music, and MIT.

Ana López-Reyes is a Mexican composer, producer, keyboardist and singer currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Interested in blending acoustic and electronic sound sources, Ana composes and performs under the name Nnux. In 2017, she released the EP Distancia, which incorporates beats, synthesizers, a brass sextet and her voice. Ana has performed both in the US and Mexico in diverse venues, including Nublu, Bowery Electric, H0L0, Trans-Pecos (NY), Jordan Hall (Boston), Bajo Circuito, Cineteca Nacional, National Center for the Arts, Centro Cultural España (Mexico City) and MUSLAB (Argentina/France/Mexico). In 2018, she was selected to be part New Amsterdam Records’ (NY) Composers Lab, led by the label’s artistic director William Brittelle.

Washington, DC

June 21: HARMAN Street Studio at Seasons and Sessions (4:00pm – 9:00pm)
2427 18th St NW, Washington DC 20009

Producer: Kariz Marcel
Marcelius Martin (aka Kariz Marcel) is a New York born, Baltimore raised producer and social-entrepreneur. With his early musical roots sprouting from hip hop, go-go and Baltimore club music, Kariz’s sound is a seamless blend of those worlds. He recently established The Blackwater Production House, an intergenerational collective of artists and business professionals who specialize in producing socially impactful content via arts and entertainment. In 2007, he founded Kariz Kids Youth Enrichment Services (now Innovation Echo Alliance) and within a decade, the organization has created over 30 teaching artist jobs within communities in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and upstate New York, serving over 2,000 youth. Marcel is also a prolific digital developer and has won the Grand Prize in the Baltimore Hackathon for the prototype of an app that can help young people make beats, record vocals, and distribute music all while learning core study subjects. A self-proclaimed “Performative Producer”, he has collaborated with a host of acclaimed musicians including Epic/Wonderland Nigerian-American recording artist Jidenna on his 2019 major label release.

Discover new and innovative ways to make music!

Thanks to partnerships with several leading companies, people across the country (and around the world) will expand their musical horizons on June 21.

Cohere Touch

Make Music Day participants from all over the world are invited to join a remote performance of Trevor New’s Cohere Touch, developed through the American Composers Orchestra’s EarShot CoLABoratory program and presented by Make Music Day.

This is a large-scale, remote composition for near unlimited numbers of players connected over a Zoom videoconference, offering an exciting opportunity for global collaboration and creativity in real time, under the direction of composer Trevor New. As performers play, other participants on Zoom can use hand and body movements that impact the music and create on-screen animations.

On June 21, Trevor will be on Zoom from 10:00am until 7:00pm, with a main performance at 2:00pm (all times EDT – New York). RSVP below to join or listen to the performance, or just stop in throughout the day to play with the software and explore the creative potential of the work. 

Click here to see some of the possibilities of this piece.

Makey Makey

Makey Makey joins Make Music Day for the second time in 2023. Using this circuit board, plugged into a computer, performers of all levels will turn everyday objects (like bananas) into touchpads and use them to make music.

This year, Makey Makey will supply kits to selected Make Music Day chapters, and work with them closely to devise new, fun ways to incorporate this technology into collaborative music making and learning through play.

DeForest, WI

Steaming Into Wednesday

Location: DeForest Area Public Library, 203 Library St, DeForest, WI 53532

Time: 03:00 – 06:00 pm

Leader: Emily Henneman Hinz


Madison, WI

Making Music with Makey Makey

Location: Madison Children’s Museum, 100 N Hamilton St, Madison, WI 53703

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Leader: 17.2m (aka Scott Fradkin)


Jumbie Jam

Steelpans are the only family of chromatic, acoustic instruments developed in the last century. Invented in Trinidad around the Second World War, they are traditionally handmade from oil drums, and hand-tuned by a small number of master pan tuners.

Although historically hard to come by, steelpans will be found around the country in participatory events and “petting zoos” for Make Music Day thanks to Panyard’s Jumbie Jams, an entry level steel pan designed to be easily playable by anyone.

Atlanta, GA

Jumbie Jam in the West End

Location: TBD

Time: TBD


Chicago, IL

Steel Pan Beginners Jam

Location: TBD

Time: TBD


Fair Lawn, NJ

Location: TBD

Time: TBD


Fairfield, CT

Drum circle with Jim LoPresti

Location: Fairfield Gazebo

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Leader: Jim LoPresti


Kansas City, MO

Jumbie Jam at Union Station

Location: Union Station

Time: TBD


Marshfield, WI

“Funky Instruments” at Wenzel Family Plaza

Location: Wenzel Family Plaza

Time: TBD


Philadelphia, PA

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

Location: Fairfield Gazebo

Time: TBD


Ridgefield CT

Drum Circle and Drumming at Town Hall

Location: Town Hall

Time: TBD


Salem, OR

Percussion Alley

Location: TBD

Time: TBD


Sun Prairie, WI

Steel Pan and Percussion Workshop

Location: TBD

Time: TBD

Leader: Boys and Girls Club staff


York County, PA

Drum Circle with Weary Arts

Location: Downtown Square

Time: 12:00 – 07:00 pm


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