Concerto on the River

11.11.2018

Concerto on the River was a collaborative project between artists Chad Cunha and Johann C. Muñoz. The project consisted of a live classical music performance in which musicians performed along the bridge between Kingman Island and Heritage Island over the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. The musicians performed separately from one another with varying distances between them, pushing sonic boundaries and physically opening space for the audience to freely move around the musicians.

Traditional performance platforms create a hierarchy between the performer and the audience -- the performer controls not only the sounds, but also the manner by which the performance is observed. Shifting the location of the performers in relation to one another and the audience, as well as the venue, even the time of day, and the duration of the performance, we aim to transform the normative performance model to offer the audience a new and more equitable experience.