Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Local Frequencies, commissioned by Creative Time, New York’s preeminent public arts presenter, and produced by Danny Kapilian, is a project consisting of sonic portraits of three New York City neighborhoods, Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and the North Shore of Staten Island. Extending Creative Time’s 30-year legacy of commissioning artists to respond to their environment and introducing New Yorkers to innovative artistic practice, new compositions by performing artists Toshi Reagon, Everton Sylvester, and Gabri Christa reveal how art can both help us understand and be an expression of community.

Toshi Reagon

Everton Sylvester

Gabri Christa
Photos by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Reagon, Sylvester, and Christa each recorded sounds that signify community– chats with neighbors on the street, radio in nearby bodegas and restaurants, and sermons in local churches. The collected recordings were then edited in the studio into three unique 15-minute compositions and compiled for the Local Frequencies CD. To reach the broadest possible audience, Creative Time will distribute Local Frequencies in a variety formats. CD’s will be available to residents in the artists’ neighborhoods and visitors at a variety of sites including film screenings, bookstores, hair salons, and takeout food restaurants. In addition, Creative Time has partnered with civic organizations, politicians, and community boards in order to ensure that leaders who are directly involved in local development play an active role in our distribution. For those living elsewhere in the five boroughs the CD will be broadcast to greater New York by WFUV on May 2 and May 7, 2003. Lastly, several live performances with the artists will take place throughout the spring of 2003.

Creative Time, New York’s preeminent public arts presenter, is funded through the generous support of corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals.

Major support for this project is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Challenge Program; the National Endowment for the Arts; and private funds from the Open Society Institute.

Additional support is provided by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; New York City Council Member Christine Quinn; State Senator Thomas K. Duane; and private funds from The Greenwall Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.

The CD is underwritten by the Independence Community Foundation.
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