With concerns mounting about climate change, one group of musicians wants to bring attention to the pressing issue by making noise. Literally.
Combo Nuvo, NYU’s faculty-in-residence jazz ensemble, returns to Washington Square Park on September 27 at 5 p.m. for "Combo Nuvo: A Celebration For Our Planet." The performance features their “musical message,” One World Suite. Composer Rich Shemaria was inspired “by the current state of our planet’s ecological health,” and named the piece's resulting movements after elements of the earth to highlight what people stand to lose through inaction. “We are a global community, and it’s our responsibility as a planet to take care of our world,” he said.
One World Suite culminates in a participatory moment, which enlists the help of attendees—both students and community members. Everyone present will play harmonicas, adding their voice to the cumulative cry for action.
“We share a unified voice through music,” says Dave Schroeder, artistic director of Combo Nuvo and chair of NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Music & Performing Arts Professions.
Combo Nuvo will provide harmonicas to everyone who attends. As for learning the part, Schroeder has been working with Steinhardt’s freshmen music seminar classes. For everyone else interested in practicing ahead of the concert, he has also provided three tutorials via One World Suite.
Beyond the music, Provost Katherine E. Fleming and other guest speakers will touch on the issue of climate change. The performance takes place at the Garibaldi Stage in the northeast quadrant of Washington Square Park. It is free and open to the public. [Subways: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th Street).]
About Combo Nuvo:
Combo Nuvo is composed of multi-reed player Dave Schroeder, multi-reed player Lenny Pickett, pianist Rich Shemaria, guitarist Brad Shepik, cellist Mike Richmond, and drummer John Hadfield. The group has played together, in different version, since the ‘90s. Around the globe, they’ve appeared with international orchestras, including the Costa Rica Sinfonica Nacional, Peru National Symphony, the United Arab Emirates Philharmonic, and the i Solisti dell Orchestra del Teatro Verdi.
About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development prepares students for careers in the arts, education, health, media and psychology. Since its founding in 1890, the Steinhardt School's mission has been to expand human capacity through public service, global collaboration, research, scholarship, and practice. To learn more about NYU Steinhardt, visit steinhardt.nyu.edu.