Starting today, composer Joseph Bertolozzi’s Bridge Music is back on the tower landings of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge and available for the public to enjoy along with the majestic views of the Hudson River.
“The Bridge Authority is proud to be able to host this unique and groundbreaking musical composition for a 6th year,” Bridge Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero said.
“The partnership with the Bridge Authority has been outstanding,” Bertolozzi said. “I’m delighted that the Bridge Authority will continue to support this public art installation and make the music of the bridge available to all.”
Launched in 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the Hudson River, the 10 piece composition was created by recording the sounds of the bridge’s surfaces (towers, girders, etc.) with various mallets. Using those sounds to compose new works made the Mid-Hudson Bridge the largest percussion instrument in the world.
Bridge Music is free and open to the public on the pedestrian sidewalk of the Mid-Hudson Bridge from dawn to dusk from April 1st through October 31.
The Park Radio transmissions are also available year-round for those unable to walk on the bridge or who arrive during inclement weather. The short-range radio broadcast can be heard on 95.3FM in Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie and Johnson-Iorio Park in Highland.
Building on the success of Bridge Music, Bertolozzi is currently working on a similar venture with the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. An album release later this year is anticipated.
Bertolozzi also expressed appreciation for the support Bridge Music has received from the Mid Hudson Children’s Museum and the Math & Physics Exploration which have added Bridge Music to their curriculum and provided general support.
More information on composer Joseph Bertolozzi, Bridge Music and the Eiffel Tower music project, visit www.JosephBertolozzi.com.