Phil Kline's Unsilent Night at MASS MOCA
Cult Christmas Classic
By: Susan Hall - Nov 30, 2022
Phil Kline’s outdoor holiday classic
celebrates its 30th anniversary in NYC on Sunday, December 18 at 6pm
while more than 40 cities around the world,
from Northern California to the South of France,
present Unsilent Night throughout December
Kline's luminous 45-minute 4-track soundscape
is performed by the public on boomboxes and amplified phones
carried through city streets and parks
The magic begins when the crowd hits PLAY,
collectively launching streams of shimmering electronic bell-tones
into the night, as the "orchestra" sets off joyously on foot
(or bicycles, as done in San Marcos)
First-timers this year include:
Claremont, NH • Providence, RI • San Jose, CA • The Bronx, NY
plus 3 towns in France's Loire Valley
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
FREE as always
Phil Kline's Unsilent Night has been presented in 150+ cities across five continents since its debut 30 years ago on the streets of Greenwich Village
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2022
ADAMS VISITOR CENTER
HOSTED BY THE ADAMS THEATER, MASS MOCA, AND THE NORTHERN BERKSHIRE STEERING COMMITTEE: ISABELLE HOLMES, TODD REYNOLDS, MICHELLE DALY, BRAD WELLS, JOHN TIBBETTS, MOLLY HESS, NICO DERY, SANDRA THOMAS & SUE KILLAM
Where: This free community event, an annual Berkshires tradition since 2014, starts and ends at the Adams Visitor Center at 3 Hoosac Street. We'll explore the cavernous echoes and reverberations of downtown Adams and the newly renovated Adams Theater. The walk begins promptly at 6:00 PM, but participants are encouraged to gather beginning at 5:30 PM.
Children and adults of all ages are warmly invited to join in this free and festive family-friendly event. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly, bring a flashlight or lantern, bring a boombox, phone, Bluetooth speaker, or other creative amplified sound device (the louder the better), and revel in the co-creation of this inviting holiday soundscape.
Prizes will be awarded in three categories:
BEST LIT - awarded to the person or group most festively lit up
BEST LOUD - awarded to the person or group with the most creative amplified audio set-up
BEST OVERALL - awarded to the person or group who best combine the festive and sonic elements of Unsilent Night
A limited number of Kline’s vintage boomboxes and tapes will be available for use on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants are encouraged to think creatively about sound amplification, bring their own boomboxes or other sound-making devices (the louder the better!), and to prepare a cassette tape, CD, or download the mp3 or Unsilent Night app before arriving. The tracks are available at unsilentnight.com/download.
This event is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information and to RSVP, please visit: facebook.com/events/2280458742121850