Join us for the CAC's season opening reception, featuring five new exhibition openings! Learn more. In , New Orleans Airlift was founded by musician and artist manager Jay Pennington and multi-media installation artist Delaney Martin as an artist-driven collaborative initiative to inspire wonder, connect communities, and foster opportunities through education and the creation of experimental public artworks in the city of New Orleans and across the globe.
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Yotam Haber. While the King traveled along the water in a royal barge, the orchestra followed behind in a barge and performed the piece. This floating orchestra was in part the inspiration of the spectacle musical work New Water Music by composer Yotam Haber, which was performed in two variations this past April in New Orleans. Stylistically the two works are not related, but they are both very much of their time and place. South Writ Large had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the two debut performances of New Water Music. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performed a twenty-minute indoor version of the piece on April 6, , at the Orpheum Theater accompanied by a silent film created by Canadian filmmaker Isabelle Hayeur. On April 8, , at dusk, Yotam Haber conducted the hour-long New Water Music on the waters of Lake Pontchartrain while the piece was performed by several hundred community musicians, including both amateurs and professionals.
Members of the fabrication, art and costume departments for the "New Water Music" production pose with a barge and buoy that will be used for the show. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and additional musicians will take part in the show on Saturday, April 8, Fabrication, art and costume departments for the "New Water Music" performance pose on the barge in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 5, But in collaboration with New Orleans Airlift , the local arts organization best known for the fantasy-land Music Box Village in Bywater, the production grew bigger.
As the sun began its descent on April 8, the musicians took their positions on land and on water-bound staging for a grand event against the endless backdrop of Lake Pontchartrain. Participants included fisherman who performed a shrimp boat ballet, a range of coastal advocacy organizations who brought the facts and the messages to audiences from within an installation of fishing nets created by local architects, neighborhood fish fryers who depend on the coastal catch, and a variety of speakers including. Many thanks to Kari Morehead , who coordinated the fisherman and the advocacy participants, Effie Michot, for her outreach to the New Orleans East community, organizing neighborhood food vendors and staging a live fishing and cooking performance, producer Paulina Trujillo and production coordinator Durado Brooks. Shout out to all our volunteers! New Water Music. Participants included fisherman who performed a shrimp boat ballet, a range of coastal advocacy organizations who brought the facts and the messages to audiences from within an installation of fishing nets created by local architects, neighborhood fish fryers who depend on the coastal catch, and a variety of speakers including The Houma Nation photographer and activist Monique Verdin , Pointe-au-Chien tribe member Therese Dardar, fisherman and activist George Barisich.