Tiny Brooklyn Apartment Transforms Into Unconventional Orchestra Hall Once A Month

November 08, 2018 - 1:34 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- This tiny Brooklyn apartment is alive with music.

The four-bedroom dwelling, somewhere between 500 and 1,000-square feet, can hold Luke McGinnis, Evan Tyor as well as other assorted roommates and guests somewhat comfortably.

And once a month, it holds about 60 musicians quite uncomfortably. 

“We also did a session on the roof and in this apartment at the same time and for that one we had like 100 people basically,” said McGinnis.

The Brooklyn-based multimedia artist collective, Apartment Sessions, brings professional musicians from  New York City and the New England area together monthly to perform original arrangements that are captured on video and posted to YouTube.

Tyor is the guy who tries to record it all.

“It started with maybe six mics,” said Tyor. “And now we have about 50 imputs.”

Liz Maney is the one in charge of working the cameras. “It went from one camera to now having 15 cameras in a session," Maney said.

There are violins and flutes and drums and saxophones and guitars and xylophones in the kitchen, the hallway, the bedrooms and, yes, even the bathroom. 

Drew Krasner is one of the people who write the music for each instrument to play in the world's most unconventional orchestral hall. “It’s terrifying and daunting,” he said, “and Luke and I and whoever else is arranging we look at this empty score for a long, long time and tear our hair out.”

The answer to the first question on your mind: Yes, they do let the neighbors know when an Apartment Session is about to commence. But a bigger question may be: why do it?

“Because we think it’s really fun and we’re trying to stretch the boundaries of recording and music making," McGinnis said.

“It’s just this very short moment that is just hyper concentrated. Everybody has the same goal for this one moment," Tyor said.

It’s something special when music fills the room and they think it’s even more special when musicians do, too.