Bridge Music Guided Tour with Bertolozzi


Joseph Bertolozzi will lead a tour of his “Bridge Music” sound-art installation, Sunday October 9 at 2:30pm on the Franklin D. Roosevelt “Mid Hudson” Bridge. The public will get a chance to play along to the music; drumsticks will be provided.

Free of charge and open to the public, this personally guided experience by the composer is hosted by the New York State Bridge Authority and Oxford University Press. It is also the concluding event of the “Crossing Bridges” series produced by Ear to the Earth in association with Whitebox.

The tour begins from the bridge’s pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of the river near 36 Gerald Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, a few blocks north of the train station. Signs clearly mark the way at the intersection of Rinaldi Blvd. & Main St.  This 45 second video gives a taste of what the tour will be like.

The tour celebrates the publishing by Oxford University Press of “Environmental Sound Artists,” a book chronicling the movement by composers to use the world around them as their instruments. There is a dedicated chapter to Bridge Music and its sister project Tower Music, Bertolozzi’s similar composition on the Eiffel Tower.

Joseph Ruggiero, Executive Director of the New York State Bridge Authority said: “Joseph Bertolozzi has given a voice to the Mid-Hudson Bridge, an iconic bridge that is an engineering marvel which has contributed to our great American history.  The New York State Bridge Authority is ever grateful to Mr. Bertolozzi that he chose our bridge to create that first melody of bridge music that now echoes from the Hudson Valley to Paris and beyond.”

Norm Hirschy of Oxford University Press commented, “OUP is thrilled by the opportunity to connect Environmental Sound Artists: In Their Own Words with Bridge Music.  Just as the book bridges music and the environment, so too will the tour bring together readers and listeners with the world around them.”