What This Is:
Eine Brise (‘A Breeze’) is an avant-garde musical performance piece for 111 bicyclists that was written by Mauricio Kagel in 1996. Monday Evening Concerts is presenting the Los Angeles premiere of the work.
Around the Colburn School (200 S. Grand Ave.) in downtown Los Angeles.
Monday, February 22, 2010, from 5:30 p.m. until approximately 8:50 p.m.
- Advance registration is required. We already have 111 registered bikers, but it would be great to have more bikers come on a stand-by basis.
- When you arrive at 5:30 p.m., we’ll provide you with a bell (if you don’t have one), a bib with your number in the formation, and ask you to sign a standard waiver and release form.
- If you’re biking to the event, we’ll have volunteers directing you toward our check-in area, which will be at the cul-de-sac on Lower Grand north of Kosciuszko Way. The area on Lower Grand is a little confusing, but just look for other bicyclists and remember that Lower Grand is directly under Grand Avenue. Kosciuszko Way can be accessed from Olive to the East or Hope to the West.
- If you’re driving to the event, park in Joe’s Parking Lot (the open air parking lot South of Disney Concert Hall). We’ll let the attendant know to expect you. Then you can walk right over on the sidewalk with your bike to the check-in area.
- Please note that before 6:00, the streets will not be closed to vehicular traffic. Make sure to obey all traffic rules and watch for cars.
- At 6:00, we will begin rehearsing on Lower Grand, which will be closed off to vehicular traffic between Kosciuszko Way and the Loading Docks at the Wells Fargo Center.
- We will split up into small groups to make sure everyone knows the sounds and sequence of events. We will then assemble in formation without our bicycles and practice walking through the piece. Then we’ll add the bicycles in.
- The performance will begin at approximately 8:40, taking place during the intermission of the concert.
- It will be over within a few minutes. See area map at the bottom of this page.
- In the event of rain, the performance may be moved to Lower Grand, which is covered, or rain ponchos will be provided. The event will NOT be postponed or cancelled. Please turn out, rain or shine!
What We Ask of You:
- Performers will need to bring their own bicycles.
- Each performer needs a bell. If you do not have a bell, we will supply one.
- There is a musical score for the piece with very simple instructions, but musical knowledge is not required.
- Bicyclists will ride for only a few blocks at a very slow speed (5 mph) in a specific formation while performing a sequence of different musical sounds (whistling, ringing bells, singing simple melody, etc). However, the total time commitment is around 3 and a half hours, beginning at 5:30 p.m. See above for schedule.
- Please watch the Training Video below.
- This is a volunteer engagement. We will provide a light snack and water, and you can bring your own food, too. Performers will be able to receive free bicycle valet parking courtesy of the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition and attend the second half of the concert, which includes Mauricio Kagel’s Trio in Three Movements.
Training Video with sound samples by conductor Marc Lowenstein:
Please watch this video a few times at home so you can get the hang of things in advance.
Review the Score: