Freedom of Sound: Percussion
May 3-4 Glenfield Middle School Montclair NJ
As I developed, I found I could play a lot of notes against a common chord that some people would call wrong.
To my hearing it's right. You can play any note you like. Its based on freedom of sound. - Eric Dolphy
In 2014, Seed Artists produced Eric Dolphy: Freedom of Sound. A celebration of the maverick musician on the 50th anniversary of his passing. More than 40 artists over two nights, from Richard Davis, Andrew Cyrille and Howard Johnson to Vernon Reid, Angelica Sanchez, Don Byron. Among the highlights: James Newton conducted the debut of unheard Dolphy compositions, now housed in the Library of Congress. Gunther Schuller spoke in a symposium. Henry Threadgill and Diane Moser debuted works dedicated to Dolphy.
On May 3-4, Freedom of Sound returns, as an annual event at a new home, Glenfield Middle School. Montclair's arts-magnet middle school. The theme: percussion. Adventurous music from some of the world's most compelling jazz, international and experimental musicians. We induct the world's first Jazz Laureate, Andrew Cyrille. The theater becomes a musical instrument using conductive paint. A concert in the school planetarium. We build The World's Largest Recyclable Drumkit.
Kids attend for FREE as long as the spots last.
CHECK OUT THE LINEUP. GET YOUR TICKETS.
GLENFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL
25 Maple Ave
You can park all along Maple Avenue and the adjoining side streets, or at metered spots on Bloomfield Avenue. A couple/few quarters will get you past the nighttime expiration. We will likely also have some spots in the parking garage at the school--you'll see it right away--but they'll go fast.
If someone with you can't walk that far, you can drop off in the circle driveway in front of the parking garage and then park your car.
Couldn't be much closer. The Bay Street stop in Montclair is next to the fire station, and the fire station is directly across Bloomfield Avenue from the school.
If you haven't taken NJ Transit before: we are on the Montclair-Boonton line. Rush-hour trains on Friday will be packed. Like the subway. Because it's rush hour. But the ride's more pleasant. The pre-concert salsa warmup on the roof at 6 will be fun, but if you can't make it til the concert at 7, don't sweat it. On Saturday, Bay Street is the end of the line and the only open station in town, so you can't miss it.
When you exit the train, you'll see signs directing you towards Bloomfield Avenue and the festival. And we'll have a couple of volunteers in festival t-shirts to point the way.
From NYC/Penn Station and points in between: Some trains require a quick transfer at Newark-Broad Street. (All Saturday trains require transfer.) It's easy: same platform, literally a 2-minute wait. The conductor will announce the transfer before you arrive at Broad. TAKE YOUR TICKET WITH YOU when you exit at Broad, wait on the platform for the Montclair train. There are video screens on the platform that list train arrivals, and you can ask an NJ Transit employee or another passenger to ensure you're in the right place. (You will be.)