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Unsilent Night

Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night is a luminous soundscape played by the audience on boomboxes carried through city streets.

On December 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City, join us as we perform composer Phil Kline’s mobile sound-sculpture Unsilent Night — a landmark in avant-garde public art.

Streets, parks and sidewalks will come alive with “a shimmering sound-wall of bells and chimes that is dreamlike to wander through in the December nip” (The Village Voice).

Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December, always as a free event.

It takes the form of a promenade in which the audience becomes the performer (each participant gets one of four tracks of music that they play simultaneously), walking a carefully chosen route through a city’s streets.

Unsilent Night is one of the more unlikely holiday traditions to spread around the world. It is beautiful not just for what The New York Times calls its “phosphorescent sound” but because anyone can participate, using any kind of sound blaster. Even the onlookers in shops and apartments become listening participants.

Download the music in advance at http://unsilentnight.com/index.html, bring your boombox or portable mobile phone speaker, and decorate yourself (and your boombox) with lights and tinsel for an unforgettable and unique holiday musical experience!

“Kline’s luminous, shimmering wash of bell tones is one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you’ll ever encounter.” — Time Out New York

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  • 2408 West Colorado Avenue
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Location: Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
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