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For Immediate Release

Bridge Music Celebrates 5th Year
Tower Music Next

From a small studio in Beacon to the majestic towers of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, the sounds of the world’s largest percussion instrument resonate with depth and beauty. 

Composer Joseph Bertolozzi’s Bridge Music is back on the tower landings of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge and available for the public to enjoy along with the majestic views of the Hudson River.

“Bridge Music was a dream, a trial and an experience that I’ll never forget,” Bertolozzi said.  “I’m delighted that the Bridge Authority will continue to support this public art installation and make the music of the bridge available to all.”

Bridge Music was such an innovative concept that it received media coverage around the world, including England, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Germany, China and Brazil.

“Joe Bertolozzi is a genius,” Authority Executive Director Joseph Ruggiero said.  “Who knew that banging on a bridge would become a world-wide phenomenon.  The Bridge Authority is proud to be able to host Joe’s work and we look forward to many years of partnership.”

The 10 piece composition of Bridge Music represent more than five years of effort by Bertolozzi. 

Launched in 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage up the Hudson River, Bridge Music was created by recording the sounds of bridge’s surfaces (towers, girders, etc.) with various mallets.  Using those sounds to compose new works made the Mid-Hudson Bridge the largest percussion instrument in the world.

Bridge Music Leads to Tower Music

For over 100 years the Eiffel Tower has been hailed as an architectural landmark, an engineering feat, a monument, a destination…. now it will reveal its music.

Building on the success of Bridge Music, Bertolozzi’s next venture is turning the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France into another musical instrument.

Over the last two-years, Bertolozzi harvested the Eiffel Tower’s sounds using microphones placed on its surfaces.  He is now writing a work entitled Tower Music or “Musique de la Tour,” using only the natural sounds of the Tower itself. 

An album release later this year is anticipated.

Take a Stroll to Bridge Music

Bridge Music is free and open to the public on the pedestrian sidewalk of the Mid-Hudson Bridge from dawn to dusk through October 31. 

Part of the Walkway Trail Loop, the Mid-Hudson Bridge pedestrian sidewalk connects Haviland Road in Highland and Gerald Drive in Poughkeepsie.  Signs are posted along the way leading visitors to a number of cultural and historic sites as well as great dining opportunities and fantastic views.

Several restaurants along the loop even have selections names after Bridge Music.

The Park Radio transmissions are also available for those unable to walk on the bridge or who arrive during inclement weather.  The short-range radio broadcast can be heard on 95.3FM in Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie and Johnson-Iorio Park in Highland.

Bertolozzi also expressed appreciation for the support Bridge Music has received from the Mid Hudson Children's Museum and the Math & Physics Exploration which have added Bridge Music to their curriculum and provided general support.

More information on composer Joseph Bertolozzi, Bridge Music and the Eiffel Tower music project, visit www.JosephBertolozzi.com.

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