I went to the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in NYC last Thursday night to listen to a group from Paris called, “Les Primitifs Du Futur”. They play music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. The musicians are set up on a little makeshift stage and play outside in the Sculpture Garden of the MoMA. This concert I later found out was part of a series theme entitled “Dali: Imagined Musical Landscapes.” It draws upon varied musical influences that might have inspired Dali’s paintings leaving lots of room for the imagination and a wide spectrum of musical colors to explore.
I have to say, the setting of the concert was almost as fun for me as the band. Sitting outside knowing you are surrounded by some of the greatest artwork in the world definitely adds to the ambiance. MoMA Thursday Nights takes place, you guessed it, every Thursday night now through August 28th. The concerts are broken down into two sets, the first taking place at 5:30pm with the second one following at 7pm.
In between the two sets I took some time to explore the museum, checking out some photography, then visiting some of my other favorites, De Kooning, Gauguin, Matisse, Chagall, and at last Jackson Pollack. I’ll talk about the band again at some future date, but it included an excellent saxophone playing scat singer, a good rhythm acoustic guitarist, a vibraphonist who also played xylophone and drums; some beautiful French vocals from a wonderful female vocalist; and a ukele, musical saw, theremin playing female virtuoso. Definitely entertaining!!
So this weeks hype of the week; if you’re visiting NYC, have friends coming to NYC this summer, you happen to live in NYC, or you happen to live in NYC and are looking for a great date suggestion, this is an evening well worth planning. Admission to the MoMA on Thursday nights is $20 and that includes the musical concert.
For a list of upcoming MoMAthursdayNight concerts go to www.MoMA.org
The Museum of Modern Art
11 W.53rd St. (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
You will find directions on their website. For more information you can also call the MoMA.