Make Music


From:      Rainier Avenue Radio
Contact:  Tony Benton,

Press Release MAKE MUSIC DAY SEATTLE JUNE 21st 2021
Make Music Day Seattle, the annual global celebration of music held on the
summer solstice returns to Seattle this year on June 21 with an exciting,
a creative and diverse lineup of both virtual and in-person music-making
events that will immerse and enthrall participants while spotlighting music’s
power to connect, comfort, unite, and uplift. Over 90 U.S. cities will take part in
the live, free daylong celebration, encompassing over 5,000 concerts,
performances, music lessons, jam sessions, and other musical events
nationwide. Safety protocols will be in place following local requirements,
including mask-wearing, social distancing, and limited capacities and group sizes.

Completely different from a traditional music festival, Make Music Day Seattle
celebrates and promotes the natural music maker in all of us, regardless of
age, ethnicity, background or skill level. Make Music Day Seattle is an open
invitation for everyone to make, enjoy, perform, teach, learn and experience
music on the longest day of the year. Due to the pandemic, last year’s
celebration was largely virtual, but many in-person events will return in 2021.
Launched in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day has
become an international phenomenon, celebrated by hundreds of millions of
people in over 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Make Music Day Seattle is
presented in the U.S. by Rainier Avenue Radio.

A new international program highlights an exquisite musical instrument that
is hidden in plain sight: the leaf. Leaf Music, where a humble tree leaf is
blown to create a simple reed instrument, has a long history in China,
Cambodia, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Nepal. Leaf Music programs on June 21
will include an International Leaf Symposium over Zoom, a Track Meet where
leaf musicians will collaborate sequentially with other musicians to produce
new musical tracks, and instructional videos to help anyone turn their local
greenery into a symphony of sound.

Highlights of Make Music Day Seattle 2021 will include:
● LIVE performances – FREE socially distanced performances
throughout the City of Seattle
● Music Lessons – LIVE and Virtual
● Tiny Marching Bands – Local musicians in groups 0f 3-5, will parade on
the Seattle Waterfront, through Downtown Seattle, and neighborhoods
across the city.
● Flowerpot Music — A new collection of pieces by composer Elliot Cole
and directed by percussionist Peter Ferry features an unlikely but
beautiful percussion instrument: the flowerpot. People across the city
will join together safely to debut “Flowerpot Music: Make Music Day
● Junkophonics — Learn how to build and play fun musical instruments
that you create from found objects. Participants can get tips from Bash
the Trash Environmental Arts performers and educators as well as
instrument builder extraordinaire Craig Woodson. Junkophonics
Workshops are being held citywide.
● Mass Appeal — People of all ages and skill levels will join together both
online and in physically distanced, in-person settings to make music in
large, single-instrument groups.
● MixMash Studios — Between June 6-20, Seattle musicians are invited
to send in short recordings of bass lines, barking dogs, vocals, machine
noises, or anything else they find intriguing. Then, on June 21, selected
producers will have 24 hours to create an original piece of music using
only those samples provided, and nothing more.
● Music Lesson Marathon — Dozens of master musicians curated by
Dance Music Initiative, Flight Ukuleles, Hohner Harmonicas, Music
Teachers National Association, Nuvo Instruments, and more will offer 12
hours of free, online group lessons on a variety of instruments and
across all skill levels. Jump around and experience different
instruments, or binge on 12 hours of your favorite.
● #MySongIsYourSong — Musicians will join in a global song swap where
they’ll learn an original song by another artist, and hear theirs covered
in return.
● The American Song — Capturing the stories and experiences of
ordinary people across the U.S., the Make Music Alliance will pair 50
people — one from each state — with 50 professional songwriters in a
diversity of styles. On the morning of June 21, each songwriter will video
chat with their partner for an hour. In the afternoon, they will write a
song inspired by their conversation. That evening, over a second video
chat with their conversation partner, they will give a live private
performance of the song they just wrote.
● Window Serenades — Musicians nationwide will continue the new
Make Music Day Seattle tradition of sharing live music with isolated
elderly people. Select nursing homes are partnering to invite solo
musicians to safely serenade residents from outside their windows.
● Young Composers Contest — In commemoration of the 100th
anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre of May 31 – June 1, 1921,
composers aged 13-21 are invited to write a song for an overdubbed, a
cappella baritone singer, using text from a first-hand account of the
massacre by B.C. Franklin, and submit it by May 31st.

A panel of distinguished judges, including composers David T. Little and Trevor
Weston, composer/conductor Francisco Núñez, and soprano Talise
Trevigne, will provide feedback and select three winning pieces, which
will be professionally recorded by baritone Christopher Herbert and released online for Make Music Day.

In the virtual realm, Make Music Day Seattle is partnering with Bramble to
create interactive spaces where participants can (virtually) walk around and
interact with each other freely for concerts, talks, workshops, and social
gatherings, and on the website on June 21, a 12-hour
Global Livestream will show highlights of Make Music Day programs as they unfold around the world.
All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public. Participants who
wish to perform, or to host musical events, may register at A full schedule of virtual and in-person
events will be posted on the website in early June.


About Make Music Day

Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. Over 85 U.S. cities and the entire states of Connecticut, Hawaii, Vermont and Wisconsin are participating in this year’s celebration, which is going virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the non-profit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit

Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. 

Make Music Seattle, a non-profit organization, was created in 2015 to celebrate music in Seattle, the City of Music.


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