Con Vivo Music will celebrate Earth Day weekend with a unique performance of “Not Less Than the Good,” a 60-minute musical sunrise and celebration of morning as embraced by Henry David Thoreau in “Walden” at the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.), this Sunday at 6pm. The concert is free; all ages welcome.
“Not Less Than the Good” simulates a sunrise by combining the meditative playing of the saxophone quartet with ambient synthesizers. The music grows from a single quiet note, adding notes and timbres, growing in fullness and depth, much like the literature does with words (Ed. note: I’m only making that comparison because I wrote a term paper on “Walden” while at NYU).
Underneath this are real, pre-recorded sounds during the pre-dawn and early morning hours at Walden Pond: a chorus of insects, the lone song of dawn’s first bird which is joined by others in a raucous counterpoint, and the splashing of morning swimmers.
And keeping even further in trend with Beyonce, the hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from “Walden”, considered a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment, that are narrated by poet J. D. McClatchy.
More info here.
May your ears be delighted,
Wondering what’s going on in the Jersey City Community this weekend? Here’s a taste…
Creative Grove Art Market Visit the Grove Street PATH area to check out local art. 3pm-9pm.
Fashion, Fashion, Fashion Workshops and Talks 7pm.
Earth Day 2013 Jersey City-style. Volunteer to clean up Lincoln Park West, still suffering from the effects of Super-storm Sandy. 10am-3pm.
Meet the Authors! New Jersey’s Lindbergh and Kidnapping Trial authors Mark W. Falzini and James Davidson will be signing their book at the library’s Main Branch from 1-3pm.
Spring Beer Garden Raise money for the community’s outdoor activities and enjoy a day of beer, wine, food and fun at Concordia Learning Center, St. Joseph School for the Blind (across the street from the reservoir). For ticket information, click here.
Kennedy Dancers Performance In celebration of National Jazz month and dance appreciation week, the Kennedy Dancers & Spirit of Life Ensemble will be performing at the Cultural Arts Center in the Miller Branch Library at 8pm. For more details, click here.
Jersey City Pet Owner’s Day Drop by Pershing Field to get your fluffy friend free rabies shots, free 3-in-1 shots, and licensing (cats do not need to be licensed in Jersey City). Clinics will also provide free counseling on spay/neutering, and for a small fee, microchipping, take-home dosages of Strongid (for worms), and activity flea/tick treatments. Keep your pet healthy. For more information, click here.