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City Life Org – Guillermo Galindo’s remote will be played on the High Line July 26, 2022

Photo by Zen Cohen

First public presentation of the composition, presented in conjunction with Sam Durant’s Plinth commission Untitled (drone)

High Line Art announces two performances by the artist and the composer Guillermo Galindo‘s Remote Control by a New York-based string quartet ETHEL. Presented in conjunction with Sam Durant’s Plinth Untitled (drone) commission, this immersive, audience-participatory event is the first public presentation of the composition, originally commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire. Both performances of Remote Control will take place on the High Line on the Spur beginning at 8:30pm and 9pm on Tuesday, July 26, 2022. Remote Control is curated by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.

Originally commissioned and created by the Kronos Quartet for the Project Fifty for the Future, Remote Control is both a composition for string quartet and an interactive sound environment with the audience. The book comments on the dehumanization of warfare through the use of remote digital technologies, video games, and attack drones known as combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs). The first movement of the performance combines the music of the string quartet with the audience’s live playing of pre-recorded sounds from video war games, military cockpits and “after the attack” soundscapes from around the world. Four tracks of continuous sound and intermittent light, emitted by the audience’s digital devices, smart phones and tablets, create a shared sound environment with the quartet.

The newly written second movement, “Aftermath”, will be premiered at this concert as an epilogue to the first movement. As the bright, colorful toy fans are once again transformed into string bows, the tiny blades look like animated fireflies or toy helicopters, reminding us of our naivety and the impending dangers of the games we play. At the same time, the work examines the history of epic music in sonic warfare, from military bands marching alongside infantry, to Richard Wagner’s ride of the Valkyries played through airplane speakers during World War I. Vietnam, using sound cannons to break up protests, especially Water Protector civilians during the Standing Rock protest.

The work is performed by a renowned string quartet ETHEL and accompanied by digital soundtracks (accessible on played by members of the public via their mobile phones, tablets or any other available audio or audio-visual playback device. Score and parts are available for free online. Attendees are encouraged to bring as many smartphones, tablets and other devices as they wish to attend the performance.

Guillermo Galindo is an experimental music composer, sound architect, performance artist and visual media artist. Galindo’s work bypasses conventional boundaries between music and composition and connects the arts, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality and social consciousness.

The performance is free; visitors are invited to RSVP in advance. The closest entrances are the stairs from 30th Street at the intersection with 10th Avenue, with the nearest elevator farther west on 30th Street and an access ramp from Hudson Yards. Seats and toilets are available on the spur. In case of rain or bad weather, the program will be postponed to Wednesday July 27, at the same times and location. Updates will be posted on and registrants will be notified by e-mail before 2 p.m. the day before.

All people with disabilities are encouraged to attend. To request additional information regarding accessibility or program accommodation, please contact Constanza Valenzuela ([email protected]) prior to the event.

Guillermo Galindo (born in 1960 in Mexico City, Mexico) lives and works in Berkeley, California. His acoustic work includes two orchestral compositions commissioned by OFUNAM (Mexico University Orchestra) and the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and Choir, solo instrumental works, two operas, sound sculptures, visual arts, computer interaction works, electroacoustic music, films, instrument building. , immersive three-dimensional installations and live improvisation. Galindo’s work is in the permanent collections of the Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Florida; LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; and the National Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Known for their lively playing, blending inner-city and conservatory musicality with inner-city crossover genres, the ETHEL string quartet have been described as “tireless and eclectic” (The New York Times), “vital and brilliant” (The New Yorker) and “infectiously”. visceral” (Pitchfork).

Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, ETHEL has released nine feature films (including a Native American Music Award nominee), premiered over 225 compositions, guest-starred on over 40 albums, won a GRAMMY® with jazz legend Kurt Elling, and toured around the world (to include 49 of the 50 states).

ETHEL is currently the Resident Ensemble at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Petrie Court Café and the Ensemble-in-Residence at Denison University, and formerly the 2019/20 Creative-in Residence at the Brooklyn Public Library, 2018/19 Quartet- in-Residence at the Music Center’s Kaufman Face the Music and 2019 Levi Family Distinguished Guest Artist at Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute.

ETHEL is made up of Ralph Farris (viola), Kip Jones (violin), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Corin Lee (violin). For this performance, ETHEL welcomes violinist Lavinia Pavlish.

Founded in 2009, High Line Art commissions and produces a wide range of artwork on the High Line, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a series of panel interventions. display. Led by Cecilia Alemani, Director and Chief Curator of Donald R. Mullen, Jr. of High Line Art, and presented by High Line, the arts program invites artists to think about creative ways to engage with architecture, unique history and design. of the park and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape. For more information on High Line Art, please visit

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