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Phil Kline's Unsilent Night Indianapolis
6:30 PM18:30

Phil Kline's Unsilent Night Indianapolis

Join us for some non-denominational boombox caroling with Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night! Forward Motion will perform a concert at Rhythm! Discover Center following Unsilent Night. 

December 8th, 2018- 6:30pm
Monument Circle
We will gather in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, walk around monument circle to Washington street, and end at Rhythm! Discover Center. Continuing last year's tradition, you'll be welcome to warm up inside with some hot chocolate and enjoy a concert by Forward Motion. 

What to bring: Any type of portable music playback device such as a boombox, tape player, cd player or phone. 

About Unsilent Night

Unsilent Night is an original composition by Phil Kline, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD, or Mp3. Together all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. The fact that the participants play different "parts" simultaneously helps create the special sound of the piece. Participants carry boomboxes, or anything that amplifies music, and simultaneously start playing the music. They then walk a carefully chosen route through their city’s streets, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener's perspective.

It all started in winter 1992, when Phil had an idea for a public artwork in the form of a holiday caroling party. He composed a multi-track electronic piece that was 45 minutes long (the length of one side of a cassette tape), invited a few dozen friends who gathered in Greenwich Village, gave each person a boombox with one of four tapes in it, and instructed everyone to hit PLAY at the same time. What followed was a sound unlike anything they had ever heard before: an evanescence filling the air, reverberating off the buildings and city streets as the crowd walked a pre-determined route. Phil says: “In effect, we became a city-block-long stereo system.”

The piece was so popular that it became an annual tradition, and then an international phenomenon, spreading across the USA and to other countries worldwide. Since 1992, it has been presented in over 50 cities and four continents, drawing crowds of up to 1,500 participants in cities like New York and San Francisco.

About his inspiration in starting Unsilent Night, Phil says: “It was a combination of my love for experimental electronic music and memories of Christmas caroling as a kid in Ohio.”

Flavorpill describes the New York event as: "An annual seasonal favorite, Unsilent Night is an open procession for an unlimited number of boomboxes that starts under the arch of Washington Square Park. Musically, it begins with delicate strains of Phil Kline's composition rising as marchers turn their boomboxes up to 10 and wind their way through the streets of the East Village, enveloped in the bubble of Kline's glorious ambient score. Unsilent Night’s pageant ends under the giant elm in Tompkins Square as the final notes once again reach up to the heavens, offering thanks for the past 45 minutes of joy and redemption."

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Forward Motion at Musical Family Tree
8:00 PM20:00

Forward Motion at Musical Family Tree

We are back at our space in the The Murphy Arts Center!

8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Bill Shotton+Eric Salazar, clarinet
8:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. Forward Motion
All ages /// Beer provided by Fountain Square Brewing Co. to 21+

Forward Motion - Indy New Music : Composer Feature on Bill Shotton

This show will feature works by Indianapolis composer and singer-songwriter, Bill Shotton as a part of Forward Motion's Indy Composer Series. The series aims to put the spotlight on the killer New Music composers in our great city!

The music of the night will have straight-up acoustic classical instruments playing in a modern style, and also a blend of acoustic classical with modern electronics.

The night will begin with an Americana feel as Bill Shotton and Eric Salazarperform a short set of originals by Bill. Then, the full Forward Motion group will take the stage to perform Indie-Classical works by contemporary composers.

Other works by: Robert Honstein, Francis White, Bill Ryan, and Jordan Nobles

Forward Motion is an ensemble of emerging artists based in Indianapolis. Formed in September 2016, the group is rapidly gaining support from the Indy music community. As the only ensemble of its kind in Indianapolis, Forward Motion pioneers the city’s Indie-Classical culture by bringing innovative performances to audiences old and new. 

Forward Motion's mission is to bring exceptionally engaging New Music performance and collaboration to Indianapolis, and beyond. The group’s approach focuses on connecting with audiences through innovative programming that marries a commitment to expression with dedication to innovation.

Bill Shotton is a native of southern Illinois where he grew up surrounded by coal mines, farms, and the sprawling Shawnee National Forrest. Thoroughly mid-western, he has also called Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska home, not to mention Indiana where he has lived since 2014.

From his earliest years, music cast a large shadow with names like Willie Nelson, John Prine, Waylon Jennings, Jesse Coulter, and Tompall Glaser. Later in life, the beauty and complexity of Bach, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky would also make an impression. These and other diverse influences have helped infuse Bill's style with an original perspective. Never one to take heed of trends and popularity, he has trekked an underground path that is beginning to draw attention. He has been honored with several awards: Two time winner of the Carl Deis Prize for Music Composition (2008, 2009); Co-Winner of the Ann Podraza Award for Music Composition(2010); Collected Works Award from Song of the Year(2011); and most recently, winner of the Indiana Solo Artist Competition from Bridging the Music(August, 2015).

As always, a huge thanks to MFT's wonderful sponsors.
Fountain Square Brewing Co.
LUNA music
Kolman Dental, P.C.

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