1+2+3, 2015, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2015 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Charles Roussel

With Keith Fullerton Whitman (electronics), David Grubbs (guitar), Eli Keszler (drums, percussion, and electronics), Okkyung Lee (cello), Nate Wooley (trumpet) and C. Spencer Yeh (violin and voice).

1+2+3 is an afternoon-long event featuring six New York City-based improvising musicians in a choreography of solo, duo, and trio performances.

Real time is cheap, and improvisers are by nature expansive. Five decades after the changes wrought by the emergence of free jazz and improvised musics, improvisation is crucial to the working methodology of all stripes of musicians prone to experiment. It’s part of the day-to-day operation of saying yes to playing with folks you respect and admire and definitely wouldn’t mind spending time with, and as a practice it has never seemed less ideological.

Mark Beasley, Guest Curator MoMA PS1, will provide the musicians with an itinerary of performing combinations at the start of the event.

This event is presented in conjunction with Greater New York.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions program welcomes visitors to experience art live and in real time. Embracing performance, music, dance, conversations, and film, the program vividly demonstrates how these art forms can push us to engage with our contemporary world in creative, illuminating ways. With an emphasis on artistic practices that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, the program supports and commissions new work, inviting artists, curators, and other cultural instigators to share their latest projects.

Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with Mark Beasley, Guest Curator; Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer and Lucy Lie, Production Assistant.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

Major support for Greater New York is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.

Additional support is provided by the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.

Special thanks to Elham and Tony Salamé.

This performance accompanies Greater New York.
This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.