EVENTS: New Sounds Live: Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy - October 17-19 (10.15.18)
Music fans, get ready: Brookfield Place is bringing “New Sounds Live: Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy” to the stage October 17th, 18th & 19th. The series will take you back to the 70’s with performances by an all-star indie-rock lineup led by Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg.
Curated by WNYC’s John Schaefer, the music series will take place at 7:30 PM nightly in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. The free three-night series will cover three of Bowie’s most beloved albums—Lodger, Heroes and Low. The last night will also feature an appearance by special guest Carlos Alomar, David Bowie’s guitarist and musical director from 1975 to 1996. We spoke Elysa Marden, Vice President, Arts Brookfield, to learn more…
Tell us about New Sounds Live: Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy....
Curated by WNYC’s John Schaefer, this annual music series features an all-star indie rock lineup performing David Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy,” led by Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg. Performers include past and present members of Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Shearwater, Dirty Projectors, Battle Trance, and the Wordless Music Orchestra.
These performers will interpret David Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy” albums as a tribute to the great musician. One album will be performed each night—Lodger on the 17th, “Heroes” on the 18th, and Low on the 19th —and each concert will open with a short program of music that inspired the trilogy, composed by Brian Eno and Klaus Schulze. The last night will feature an appearance by special guest Carlos Alomar, David Bowie’s guitarist and musical director from 1975 to 1996.
What inspired you to bring it to Brookfield Place?
John Schaefer’s New Sounds Live concert series has long been one of the highlights of the fall season in the Winter Garden. Hearing Bowie’s songs performed by this indie supergroup is a prime example of the unique experiences that Arts Brookfield brings to people for free in both the indoor and outdoor spaces at Brookfield Place
What makes this series of performances so unique?
What makes Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy so unique is the number of performers that will be coming together from different musical experiences and backgrounds to perform over the course of three nights. Performers include past and present members of Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Shearwater, Dirty Projectors, Battle Trance, and the Wordless Music Orchestra, blending the old and the new for a dynamic concert experience.
How were these specific musicians and music selections chosen and curated?
These musicians and music selections were curated by John Schaefer, the host and creator of the New Sounds and Soundcheck radio shows/podcasts, and Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater).
What can locals look forward to at these performances?
Locals will enjoy three nights of great performances by notable musicians who have shaped the history of music. The live performances are a chance to relive David Bowie’s extraordinary musical career while enjoying a night out at Brookfield Place (BFPL) New York.
Which performance are you most looking forward to?
I am most looking forward to the last night of the trilogy which is a performance of Body Love and Low. The exciting part about it is that it will feature an appearance by special guest Carlos Alomar, David Bowie’s guitarist and musical director from 1975-1996.
· Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 PM: selections from Discreet Music (Brian Eno 1975) followed by Lodger (David Bowie 1979)
· Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 PM: selections from Another Green World (Brian Eno 1975) followed by “Heroes” (David Bowie 1978)
· Friday, October 19 at 7:30 PM: Selections from Body Love (Klaus Schulze 1977) followed by Low (David Bowie 1977)