The Walter Rosen and Lucie Bigelow Rosen house, and the magnificent landscape that surrounds the house, are together a stunning and beautiful place to walk and experience the many sounds created by the artists that were commissioned to contribute works to The Garden of Sonic Delights, a major installation of sound art.
When & where
Saturday, June 7 — Sunday, November 2, 2014
Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, New York State
The Rosens were active musicians, Walter Rosen as a pianist, Lucy Bigelow Rosen as a thereminist. They organized many concerts with many friends in the Music Room, and the spirit of those concerts, the sounds that remain in the air after the performers and audience have left, are suggested in Francisco López' The [Music] Room as the piano silently plays and the audience quietly talks. The technology itself—sound without loudspeakers and a piano playing silently—is magical.
Francisco López. The [Music] Room. Photo by Chan Ruon. Sounds that linger in the air.
Eli Keszler. Catenary. An instrument sensitive to space, perspective, and the position of people.
Trimpin. The Pianohouse. Sounds start as people approach. The tune changes according to the weather. These sounds are the sounds of October.
Photo by Chan Ruon. Betsey Biggs. Sunken Gardens. Earphones allow you to hear layers of sound as you walk.
The Cedar Walk takes you towards Annea Lockwood and Bob Bielecki's Wild Energy, an outdoor concert of sounds that mix with the wind in the leaves.
Stephan Moore’s Diacousticon, at the Sense Circle, listens and generates a sonic response to what it hears.
There are other places to see on the Caramoor grounds, among them the Spanish Courtyard, Italian Pavilion, Venetian Theater, Old East Porch. There are other artists whose work in those places should be heard, among them Laurie Anderson, Stephan Vitiello, Suzanne Thorpe, and Scott Smallwood.
Altogether, it's a pleasure. And it's a good idea to take some time in listening to the different works. After all, sound unfolds in time. But then, especially on a lovely day at Caramoor, there's also a lot to be said for space.
The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a legacy of Walter Rosen and Lucie Bigelow Rosen, is located in Katonah, New York State, about 40 miles north of New York City.