Carnegie Hall Opens Musical Doors for Horizon Youth
Residents of Horizon Juvenile Center, a secure detention center run by the Administration for Children’s Services recently collaborated in the Musical Connections program with Carnegie Hall musicians to develop musical performances comprising original poetry, and music which were showcased at a presentation held recently at the facility, located in the Bronx.
Backed by the members of Slavic Soul Party, a brass band for Balkan soul and gypsy funk, the teens performed before a very appreciative audience comprising their families, staff, counselors and fellow residents at Horizon on Thursday, June 9, 2011.
Through Musical Connections, Carnegie Hall and ACS brought together a group of eight residents in detention to create and record original material drawing on the life experiences, giving them a powerful way to express themselves and offering them a voice within their community. The teens worked with a group of Carnegie Hall musicians known as Found Sound Nation over a period of two weeks to develop and produce the musical pieces.
Found Sound Nation and Slavic Soul Party artists conducted workshops over the duration of the project during which the musical pieces were created. The workshops concluded with a reflection session the day after the final performance where participating residents, the Musical Connections ensemble, and Found Sound Nation reflected on the work together and the lessons learned.
Listen to WNYC presentation of the project (MP3)