Network Music Festival

Sound without Borders // 15-18th July 2020

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For Our Courageous Workers // Tenth Intervention

On April 29, 2020, Tenth Intervention hosted a massive, city-wide music performance of For Our Courageous Workers at the 7pm ‘cheer honoring our front-line workers.’

The work was conceived by Frank London (the Klezmatics), Dorian Wallace, and Hajnal Pivnick (both co-directors of Tenth Intervention) meant for musicians of every level and all the people of New York City to perform the symphonic fanfare For Our Courageous Workers across the city. Everyone was welcome to participate. There are parts for all: musicians of any and every level — beginners, young musicians, amateurs, and professionals; on voices, strings, brass, winds, keyboards, drums — as well as all the people of the city making noise, singing, and banging on pots and pans.

Following the performance, Tenth Intervention has been compiling over 80 videos of participants from across the tri-state area into an 11 minute film, comprised of musicians of all ages and levels. The resulting film is our submission for the Network Music Festival. We utilized facebook live, instagram, and youtube to source these videos of participants who used the hashtag #playbecausewecare, and received permission to use them in the composite video.

Tenth Intervention is equal parts music series and artist collective in New York City. As “ambassadors of modern music” (Interlochen Public Radio), we present a bold and progressive concert series that explores the intersection of performance, experiential art, and its potential to reflect social issues.

Founded in 2012 by violinist Hajnal Pivnick and composer/pianist Dorian Wallace, the group formed with the purpose of creating new work in a highly collaborative environment. Together with composers, musicians, visual artists, choreographers, dancers, and community organizations, Tenth Intervention has produced programs that expand the reach of music to be pioneering, diverse, and community focused.

Our programming has been recognized with foundational support from New Music USA, Lower Manhattan Community Council, the Earle Brown Music Foundation, the Johnstone Fund for New Music, and the Puffin Foundation. We have been presented as featured artists at National Sawdust, NPR’s Science Friday, Rubin Museum of Art, Americas Society, Caveat, New Music Gathering, Interlochen Public Radio’s In Studio A, Biome Arts/Swale, Bandits-Mages, Centre Pompidou, the Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, Studio 360, Vox Hebraica and Videology for our Silent House live score to silent film residency.

Co-sponsors: Make Music New York, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, City Winery, Kaufman Music Center, Local 802, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Greenwich House Music School, HONK NYC, Sing in Solidarity, Tenth Intervention, WBGO Jazz Radio 88.3 fm, Arts for Art, Experiments in Opera, Guitar Mash, Musicians For Musicians, Seth Rogovoy Productions, Galinsky Coaching, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars, GOH Productions, DROM NYC, Jazz Promo Services/Jim Eigo, Slavic Soul Party!, CTMD Center for Traditional Music and Dance, YNY Yiddish New York, Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Workers Circle, Aleba & Co, FONT Festival of New Trumpets, CMS Creative Music Studios; and are being updated regularly.