Monday, December 03, 2007

Unsilent Night: Baltimore 2007

I'm a few days late on this post, but my friend, Brian, asked me to help spread the word about UNSILENT NIGHT, one of the coolest Christmas traditions to date. What is it, you ask? Read below. Congratulations, Brian, on another successful year!


Meet at the Washington Monument near the Peabody Conservatory
All ages welcome.

On Friday, December 21 at 8:00 p.m., starting at the Washington Monument near the Peabody Conservatory, saxophonist Brian Sacawa will lead a massive chorus of boomboxes through the streets of Baltimore in the city's 2nd annual performance of New York City composer Phil Kline's UNSILENT NIGHT, an outdoor ambient music piece for an infinite number of boomboxes.

Different parts of the composition will be distributed on cassettes and CDs. At the given signal, participants will press PLAY simultaneously. When the tapes start rolling, "they blossom into a marvelously crafted symphony" (Time Out New York). Then the crowd will walk a predetermined parade route through the streets of Baltimore, becoming single elements in a multi-block stereo system.

The event will end at Joe Squared Pizza and Bar (133 W North Ave) at approximately 9:00 p.m. Participants are invited to attend the UNSILENT AFTER PARTY, featuring the music of the modern classical/hip-hop duo Hybrid Groove Project and DJ Dubble8. The Unsilent After Party is free to attend.

The Village Voice describes UNSILENT NIGHT as "a marvelously fluid, traveling spatial sound sculpture that disintegrates and reforms at nearly every stop light." Time Out calls the event "an electro-happening" and depicts the music as "a winter wonderland of shimmering sleigh bells, chines, and grand chorales."

Participants should meet at the south side of the Washington Monument near the Peabody Conservatory of music at 7:45 p.m. The event will begin at 8:00 p.m. The piece is approximately 45 minutes long. All music is distributed for free. The more boomboxes there are, the more "voices" in the piece.

If you do not have a boombox, you are still an important part of the procession, because the more the merrier! UNSILENT NIGHT is kid-friendly, so the whole family can enjoy some good, down-home holiday noise-making.

Help make a BIG (and joyful) noise and be a part of the 2nd annual performance of UNSILENT NIGHT, Baltimore's newest holiday tradition!

Since its debut in 1992, UNSILENT NIGHT has become a cult holiday tradition in New York City and around the world, drawing crowds of more than 1,000 participants. In addition to New York, UNSILENT NIGHT is also performed in Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego; Philadelphia; Atlanta; Cleveland; Tallahassee; Vancouver; Yukon Territory; Berlin; Middlesbrough, England; Sydney; Melbourne; Santa Barbara; Charleston; Rochester, NY; Banff, Alberta; and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. New this year are: Houston; New Haven; Boulder; Bowling Green, OH; and Hamburg, Germany.

This is a free event, and will be held rain or shine (and even in the event of sub-zero temperatures). For more information, contact Brian Sacawa at

UNSILENT NIGHT in Baltimore is presented by saxophonist Brian Sacawa.


Blogger Jodi said...

hey some of the links don't work! It sounds so cool I am gonna check out when it happens here!

December 03, 2007 10:07 PM  

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