6:00 – 7:30pm Unsilent Night by Phil Kline
Meet at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square [map]
A magical, seasonal soundscape, created by a procession of “boombox”-toting “carolers”
An annual tradition in Philadelphia for nearly a decade!
No musical ability required – just BYOB (bring your own boombox)
THE NEW: Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD, or Mp3. Together, all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. Participants carry boomboxesand simultaneously start playing the music. They then walk a carefully chosen route through their city’s streets, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener’s perspective. It all started in winter 1992, when Phil had an idea for a public artwork in the form of a holiday caroling party. Unsilent Night has become an annual tradition, and then an international phenomenon. It has been presented in over 50 cities and four continents. Some boomboxes will be on hand, but we suggest you bring your own. Cassettes and CD’s will be available.