“Jingle Bells.” “Carol of the Bells.” “Silver Bells.” Along with the smell of pine and the sight of twinkling lights, one of the surest signs that we’re in the holiday season is the ringing of bells. We’ve got Salvation Santas and the sound of angels getting their wings, but to paraphrase Christopher Walken, “I’ve gotta have more bell!”
This Monday, December 21, ring in the holidays with your Dumbo neighbors by heading to the Archway at 6 p.m. and taking part in “Bell by Bell,” one of the events of the Make Music Winter 2015 festival. At 6 p.m., organizers will be handing out 70 color-coded bells to participants. As the crowd parades through the streets of Dumbo, conductors will wave colored flags to let the makeshift musicians know when to ring their bells. (Check out the 2013 video below to hear a sample of the beautiful, eerie music for yourself.)
Make Music Winter illustration by Adam McCauley
Artist and musician Tom Peyton is the brains behind “Bell by Bell,” which features compositions by Eric Beach, Dan Edinberg, Nat Evans, Eric Frederic, Amy Garapic, Robert Honstein, Matt Marble, Tom Peyton and Alex Waterman.
For ten years, Make Music New York has been hosting participatory music festivals across New York’s five boroughs. Their annual Make Music New York festival takes place on the summer solstice, and it was joined in 2011 by Make Music Winter, on the winter solstice. For a full list of Make Music Winter 2015 events, click here.