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2022 Special Performance: Song of the Quarry, Live at Manitoga


2022 Special Performance: Song of the Quarry, Live at Manitoga

Song of the Quarry is inspired by both the bucolic beauty of Manitoga and its central Quarry Pool.
When presented with the opportunity to create music for this enchanting landscape, I was immediately drawn to the central Quarry Pool and its waterfall and envisioned an antiphonal call-and-response among multiple shakuhachi, as the Japanese bamboo flute is wonderfully emblematic of nature.
~ James Nyoraku Schlefer

For Song of the Quarry, four shakuhachi players will be positioned around the central pool to maximize the stone quarry’s natural acoustics. To honor Manitoga’s waterfall, each of the performers will play an excerpt from a traditional shakuhachi piece called Takiochi, or Waterfall. Schlefer will be accompanied by Thomas Ryuraku Hack, Adam Robinson, and Nora Noraku Suggs. Many of the sounds and melodies throughout the piece are evocative of traditional shakuhachi, while others are clearly contemporary and original – a harmonious blending of the classic and the experimental so characteristic of Wright’s Manitoga.

This performance is made possible, in part, through support from the Sara Little Turnbull Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and the 2022 Art & Design Host Committee.

PLEASE NOTE – The House & Studio will not be open for viewing before, during or after the performance.

This experience includes a MODERATE HIKE on uneven ground, several bridge crossings with no handrails, and a series of 40 stone steps. Seating is comprised of cushions, blankets, benches, boulders and limited chairs, on a first come, first serve basis.

- Please wear flat, outdoor-terrain walking shoes for uneven ground and dress appropriately for outdoor weather. Insect/tick repellent, sunscreen and drinking water are highly recommended.

- Seating areas will be designated in the Landscape. A limited number of blankets, cushions, benches and chairs will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

- The following personal items are permitted and encouraged: blankets, cushions, pillows. NO CHAIRS OR TENTS will be allowed.

- Pets, tripods, extension poles and selfie-sticks are not permitted.

- Children must be at least 5 years of age to attend.

- Tickets are valid for the reserved time and date only - non-refundable, non-transferable, no exceptions.

- Guests should arrive 15 minutes prior to the ticketed time to allow adequate time for check-in and restroom access. “Doors” open promptly at 11am & 1pm sharp.

Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM on Sun, 2 Oct 2022

Event Supported By

Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center
Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center
584 Route 9D
Garrison, New York 10524